Former Premier League striker Noel Whelan has stated that it would be a “kick in the teeth” if Matty Longstaff was to depart Newcastle United permanently this summer, in an interview with Football Insider.
The future of the 21-year-old midfielder has been subject to a lot of speculation this summer, with Blackburn Rovers, Huddersfield Town, and Sheffield United, all sharing an interest.
Longstaff featured just five times in the Premier League last season and has not been involved in either of Newcastle’s matchday squads this season.
The young midfielder burst onto the scene at the start of the 2019/20 season, putting in a fantastic display, and scoring the winner, against Manchester United.
Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan believes that Longstaff’s potential exit would not be good for the club: “You can’t do it, don’t allow players to leave when you have a squad the size of Newcastle’s.
“They’ve not really been active in this window, it’s a really difficult situation that Steve Bruce is in.
“You’ve got to look if Newcastle have got players coming through the ranks who can replace him, or whether they are willing to go into the market to replace him.
“They’ve not started the season well, so to lose a home-grown player is a bit of a kick in the teeth.
“But he’s another young player who needs to be playing regularly to get the best out of him, and maybe Matty has realised that.”
Newcastle United will not be wanting to lose anyone on a permanent deal just yet. The squad is thin enough as it is, and whilst Longstaff might not be in the club’s immediate plans, a loan deal might be the best option.
Game time would be key when deciding upon which Championship team should be trusted with Longstaff. Sheffield United need a more athletic option in the middle of the park, and that is something that Longstaff could bring.
Longstaff’s immediate future is likely to be determined by what Newcastle can do before the transfer window slams shut in just under a week now.