Newcastle United finally made a decision on Matty Longstaff’s future by offering him a new deal with the Tyneside club.
The youngster, who looked set to leave his boyhood club, has penned a new two-year contract with the Magpies. The deal was finalised over the weekend, much to the delight of manager Steve Bruce (via nufc.co.uk).
Noel Whelan has described the deal as a ‘no-brainer’ after months of speculation over whether he would depart from St James’ Park.
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“You look now and he’s come out and said Steve Bruce has tempted him to stay – I don’t think there’s a tempt there, I think he always wanted to stay,” the ex-Leeds man told Football Insider. “I just think they just needed to show the appreciation of a young player coming through and a boyhood fan.”
Longstaff showcased his ability last season after completing the Premier League debut of dreams. The 20-year-old played the full 90 minutes against a resilient Manchester United side. Unexpectedly, the £4.5million-valued midfielder popped up with the winning goal – a low-driven strike from outside the box after previously rattling the woodwork with another long-range effort.
His St James’ Park heroics set the tone for another goal scored against United, this time on their territory. The match ended in a 4-1 loss for the Toon, but Longstaff’s ability to score against top sides is certainly something Bruce will be thankful to have in his arsenal.
“Letting him go for a free, they’d have just had to spend money to bring in another midfield player,” Whelan continued. “It doesn’t seem that anyone’s putting any money down for players right now. Another takeover bid might be on the cards but to keep a player of his quality and his age, it’s a no-brainer to me.”
Recent takeover talks between Newcastle and Amanda Staveley’s consortium fell through, meaning a shift in ownership may not be likely before the new season. However, with such an exciting young player tied down, Bruce and Co have made a big step towards a strong 2020/21 campaign.
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