Matty Longstaff reportedly wants to leave Newcastle United once the summer transfer window opens.
The Lowdown: Longstaff barely played
Longstaff barely played for the senior side under Steve Bruce in the 2020/21 season, featuring in just five matches in total in the Premier League (Transfermarkt).
Should Newcastle start Longstaff?
With the likes of his brother Sean Longstaff, Isaac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey and Jeff Hendrick seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order in the centre of the park, it is hard to see how he will get much more game time once again going into the new campaign.
The Latest: Longstaff furious
As per Football Insider, Longstaff was reportedly left ‘furious’ after he was not brought on when the St. James’ Park faithful beat Fulham away from home on the last day of the top-flight season.
A source from the North East club has told the news outlet that he was left both ‘angry and upset’ at the fact that Hendrick was brought on in front of him.
As a result, these frustrations seemed to have grown to boiling point, resulting in Longstaff wanting to move on from Tyneside once the market opens.
The Verdict: Longstaff deserves to move on
Longstaff has every right to feel anger at the fact that Hendrick was brought on in front of him against the Cottagers, given that the former Burnley man has not exactly proven his worth to the team in far more appearances, recording just two goals and a further assist in 23 matches in total over all competitions last term (Transfermarkt).
The Englishman, who currently earns £24,000-per-week at the Toon, should be playing regular football at 21 years of age, but it is clear that he will not get that if he stays.
Thus, the Magpies should demand a suitable fee to sell him, in a move which would suit all parties involved, as they could then reinvest that money into a new player, and Longstaff could play more regular football.
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