Newcastle United have their homegrown players in mind ahead of what is expected to be a busy summer on Tyneside.
This is according to transfer insider Dean Jones who has been speaking to This Is Futbol with just three games remaining in the Toon’s 2021/22 campaign.
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Newcastle are already finding themselves linked with some huge names from across Europe ahead of the summer in what will be the new ownership’s first summer window.
And given the owners on Tyneside have already projected their big plans for the future at St. James’ Park, it is understandable to see them linked with some big names.
However, Jones has suggested the club will keep their young prospects in mind as they look to develop their own players for the future:
“But they’ve also kind of got an eye on bringing through their own players. Like they have to be a bit careful, I’m sure, like [Sean] Longstaff, for example. Talking about new contracts, [it] didn’t really seem like something that the club or him were or should be considering at this point.
“But they do have to have an eye on homegrown talent. And so I know that that is something that they’re having to contemplate too.”
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This will likely please a lot of Newcastle fans who will not want to lose their identity amid their big-money takeover in the latter stages of last year.
And keeping homegrown players will help them do that, however, it is also a necessity in the Premier League to have a certain number of players classed as ‘homegrown’.
It could be very easy for the ownership to splash their wealth in the transfer windows, but there would not be the same level of satisfaction if they do taste success by doing so.