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Newcastle United: Journalist expects midfielder to leave this summer

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Ross Gregory has cast doubt over Matty Longstaff’s Newcastle United future – but claimed he could yet sign a contract extension.

After bursting onto the scene under former manager Steve Bruce, Newcastle’s Matty Longstaff has had a pretty poor time of things on Tyneside managing to rack up a further 13 league appearances.

This saw the midfielder head out on two separate loan spells last term with Aberdeen, where he featured just five times, and then Mansfield Town where he helped them reach the Play-Off final, however, prior to the club’s pre-season tour of Austria, Longstaff was training with the under 23s.

Despite travelling abroad with the first team, Gregory expects Longstaff to head out on loan, but also be handed a fresh contract.

Speaking on the NUFC Matters YouTube channel, he said (15:35): “You’d love to see Matty Longstaff make an impact again on the first team and we all hope he does, but again, I just think he’s way down the pecking order.

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“I think he’ll get a loan move out, I wouldn’t be surprised if they extended his contract for another year if he so wished and put him out on loan for another and try to get him a Championship loan or something like that.”

TIF Thoughts on Longstaff’s Newcastle future…

It will be a huge shame and painful for Newcastle fans to watch on as one of their own academy graduates struggles to make the grade within the first team after so much initial promise which saw him score the winning goal against Manchester United.

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However, he is now 22 years old and after failing to make the grade up in Scotland, it does raise the question as to how long do Newcastle persist with the midfielder before accepting he just may not be good enough for this level.

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