Matty Longstaff has revealed he is open to the idea of going out on loan, as reported by The Chronicle.
When asked about what he expects going forward, the 19-year-old replied: “I’ll have to wait and see, I will take every chance I get.
“The new head coach is here now with his staff, when he turned up everybody upped the ante and there was a big swing. He has helped out the young lads quite a bit, we are all happy to have him here.
“On a personal note if I get chances here great, but if I need EFL football, I will take it, I have to wait and see what Newcastle want to do with me.”
Longstaff has seemingly risen to prominence following his impressive preseason, which featured an eye-catching strike during the 2-1 victory against St Etienne at St. James’ Park.
Indeed, this was reportedly enough to make Bruce reconsider the idea of sending him out on loan, deciding it is a realistic option to keep the teenager at St. James’ Park.
There is also an argument to suggest that keeping him would likely add to the feeling of good-will that his brother Sean has created with the club, which was pointed out by Lee Ryder’s tweet about his chant.
As well as being the first brothers to represent Newcastle since Shola and Sammy Ameobi, he would also be one of few academy graduates in the first-team fold, alongside Sean Longstaff, Paul Dummett and Jamie Sterry. With fan protests appearing outside of the club’s famous old ground upon the departure of Rafa Benitez, perhaps turning to academy graduates (especially for a club so usually deprived of them) can be a good way of getting at least some fans back onside.
While it is a good sign that Longstaff is willing to go out on loan to gain experience, Newcastle should certainly be looking to keep him at St. James’ Park.
The 19-year-old can act as good cover for the Newcastle midfield, while also helping bring the feel-good factor to Newcastle especially if Jack Colback does depart as the Chronicle indicated he might. A defensive midfielder by trade, he could act as an extra body to cover the engine room, with only Ki and Colback currently natural midfielders outside of the three that have started a lot in pre-season in the form of Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden and Sean Longstaff.
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