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Report: Championship outfit keen on signing 'important ingredient'; played just 8 times last season

Derby County are keen on a loan transfer for Newcastle youngster Matty Longstaff, according to The Chronicle.

The publication is claiming that Steve Bruce has a decision to make regarding the player’s future. The 60-year-old has to decide whether to loan out the midfielder for the start of the pre-season or give him a chance.

When talking about Longstaff’s absence from the side, Steve Bruce claimed he was still very young.

Longstaff was on the fringes of the first-team last season, making just eight appearances across all competitions.

The manager was backed in his treatment of Longstaff with Frank McAvennie calling on 20-year-old to leave the northeast club.

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He was labelled an ‘important ingredient‘ by Martin Keown.

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TBR View: Derby transfer would help Longstaff development

The youth player’s progress was severely stunted last season, making no development.

A loan spell to Derby would help him develop as a player. He would most likely receive more first-team starts for the Rams than with the Geordies.

Jonjo Shelvey, Joe Willock, whose transfer the club are chasing, and Miguel Almiron ended the season as the club’s midfield trio.

On top of that Matty’s brother, Sean, is ahead of him in the pecking order as well as Isaac Hayden.

Many young players have gone to the Championship and enjoyed a successful loan spell.

The most recent example is Tottenham Hotspur’s Oliver Skipp, who started 44 of the 46 league games last year.

He was a key figure in the Canaries’ midfield as they earned promotion back to the Premier League.

A mixture of players at the club and transfer targets means Longstaff is guaranteed next to no game time next season.

A loan transfer to Derby would do Newcastle ace Longstaff the world of good after last season’s horrors. His spell on the sideline was sad to see, and the ace can’t afford another such year.

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