Noel Whelan believes that Matty Longstaff hiring a new super agent may well spell the end of his time at Newcastle United.
As per the Daily Mail, the centre midfield player, who only has a mere 18 months left on his current deal with the St. James’ Park faithful, has signed a one-year agreement with Pini Zahavi, the renowned broker and player representative.
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The client list of the 77-year old Israeli includes the likes of Neymar, Robert Lewandowski, Alex Telles and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg among other stars.
When asked by Football Insider for his verdict on the England U20 international making such a landmark change in his footballing career, Whelan claimed that it could be the end of his time in the North East:
“It’s strange,” the former Premier League striker tod the news outlet. |
“It is really weird when a player changes agents because it is normally done for a reason.
“Either something is not right with his last agent, and I very much doubt that he stole money off him, or he feels he is not fighting his corner.
“That could be in regards to a new contract at Newcastle or negotiating a move away.
“Zahavi might have relationships with other clubs that could benefit him in the future. That is usually what happens.
“Different agents have different relationships with clubs and chairmen. That could be why he has moved.”
Longstaff may need to be sold by Newcastle
Longstaff was strongly linked with a move away from the Tyneside club in the summer transfer window, but a possible exit never materialised.
The fact that the 20 year-old has hired a super agent, who has helped some of his other clients onto transfer moves, suggests that he is unhappy at the Magpies and may want to seek a move away as Whelan has suggested.
With just one senior game played for Steve Bruce’s team in the 2020/21 term so far, perhaps it would be a wise idea for the Toon to look to let him go as soon as possible, potentially in the January transfer window.
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