Matty Longstaff: Newcastle boss Steve Bruce admits 'concern' over new deal

Ruben Hill
February 5, 2020

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce admits he is growing increasingly concerned about the futures of Sean and Matty Longstaff, with the brothers yet to commit their long-term future to the north-east club.

The youngster hasn't signed an extension with the club yet.

The Magpies boss admitted the future of Matty Longstaff is of particular concern, given he is now into the last six months of his current deal. Oxford are a really good team and they tried to keep going and at 2-2 it became a more hard game for us but we keep going and we win 3-2, so I'm really happy'.

'But they've got the power these days, the players. We see it often now, with young players as well.

Newcastle's lack of fluency was highlighted by the coherent football Norwich played at St James' Park, albeit it without tangible reward, with Bruce having reverted to the conservative approach the club took under predecessor Rafael Benitez after his early attempts to play a more expansive game. If he's fit, he plays (against Oxford).

Sean Longstaff has also been in talks over a new deal but there has been little progress, and Bruce added: 'Look, we always want to keep your best young players, especially if they're Geordies, of course. I leave all that up to Lee Charnley [managing director].

Matty Longstaff: Newcastle boss Steve Bruce admits 'concern' over new deal
Matty Longstaff: Newcastle boss Steve Bruce admits 'concern' over new deal

The 19-year-old has gone on to make 11 appearances this season, and scored three times in that period. I've dipped him in and out.

But asked if they had been lucky, the defiant 59-year-old said: "In the last couple of weeks, maybe, but I can't see that the accumulation of points over the last seven months of the Premier League is luck".

Longstaff has a big future ahead of him and the likes of Manchester United were monitoring him not so long ago.

Staying at Newcastle could be ideal for his development.

His second strike for the club was also against Manchester United, the first goal in a 4-1 defeat, before he netted in the FA Cup victory over Rochdale.

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