Newcastle United are in a ‘vulnerable’ position with Matty Longstaff, according to The Chronicle’s Mark Douglas in a Q & A session.
Unless Longstaff is handed a contract which reflects his position in the squad, Newcastle could lose him. He is out of contract at the end of the season and he is not short of suitors.
Longstaff has burst onto the scene this season, following in his brother Sean’s footsteps. He made his Premier League debut earlier this season, scoring the winner at St James’ Park against Manchester United.
The England U20 international has now played four games for the Magpies, including three in the league. But his precarious contract situation has inevitably attracted other clubs.
Newcastle remain in talks with Longstaff but his representatives want improved terms. Considering his rise to the first-team, they believe the 19-year-old should have a contract which reflects his squad status.
Matty Longstaff’s contract has to be the priority. If this is not sorted soon, other clubs could swoop in January and Newcastle fans would be annoyed about losing a homegrown talent.
Longstaff is a real talent for the future. Alongside his brother, the pair could lead Newcastle into a new era so both need new contracts to fend off potential suitors.