Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce may have just confirmed the proposed exit of Matty Longstaff, judging by a recent report from the Daily Mail.
The Magpies manager has apparently indicated that he wants Dan Barlaser, a central midfield player currently on loan at League One side Rotherham United, around the senior group after the conclusion of this season as he will be given a chance to impress.
The 23-year old is enjoying a relatively impressive 2019/20 so far, scoring two goals and making five assists in 35 appearances in all competitions, according to Transfermarkt. However, given the position in which he plays, Barlaser could be promoted at the expense of fellow Englishman Longstaff, who could potentially be on his way to Udinese.
As per The Sun, Alan Shearer warned that the proposed transfer to the Italian club would be a huge risk for the 20-year old, despite the bumper deal that has been lined up. However, Longstaff may not be missed all that much if Barlaser can fill his boots. The latter is among the player of the season contenders in his league having emerged as the driving force behind his side’s promotion bid (via Daily Mail).
Sources close to the Tyneside club who have tracked Barlaser’s progress say that he is unrecognisable from the young player who last appeared for the first team in 2017 under Rafael Benitez. Indeed, Barlaser featured in three senior matches under the Spanish coach (per Transfermarkt).
He could well thrive at St. James’ Park next term but Barlaser’s arrival could have inadvertently confirmed the exit of Longstaff.
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