Former Premier League defender now pundit Alan Hutton has told Football Insider that he believes that Matty Longstaff may not be at Newcastle United after the prospective takeover in the North East is completed.
As per the outlet, the younger brother of Sean Longstaff faces a nervy wait as he heads into the final weeks of his contract at St James’ Park.
The Premier League have confirmed that clubs may agree short-term extensions with players set to be out of contract this summer as a result of the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic that has swept across the footballing world.
Should Matty Longstaff be given a new contract?
However, Longstaff’s deal is still up in the air and, with the prospective owners potentially set to replace Mike Ashley soon, Hutton believes that he may not be given a chance to sign a new contract under the new ownership, even though the ex-Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur right-back thinks that he should be given one. The ex-Scotland international said:
“I think that’s the ideal situation for Newcastle. We don’t exactly know what’s going to happen with the takeover.
“If it does happen, you’re probably looking at them trying to bring people in so they’ll probably let him go but otherwise if it doesn’t they’ll need him.
“I think the smart option is to sign him up at the moment and then look to the future once you know the takeover’s going to happen. If it was me, I’d want to keep him at least until this season ends, whenever that might be.”
Indeed, the 20-year old has enjoyed somewhat of a breakthrough campaign so far for the Magpies, as he has made 13 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals, according to Transfermarkt.
Given his relatively young age and the fact that he has his own brother to learn from in addition to the likes of Jonjo Shelvey in central midfield, perhaps Longstaff should be given a new deal as Hutton suggests.
However, if the Saudi-led consortium does come in, they may have their own plans in terms of shaping up their squad for the new term with all the money they have at their disposal, and this could spell the end for the English youngster on Tyneside.
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