Sean Longstaff spoke to the Chronicle today, and while most of the focus surrounded his comments on the rumours of interest from Manchester United, there was another line that will worry fans.
While Longstaff said his focus was on playing for Newcastle, he also admitted that Steve Bruce has told the players his arrival will mean a fresh start for all of them.
The midfielder said: “It is for everybody. All of the players have a clean slate.
“It rejuvenates everybody knowing that they have to impress the new boss. The standard will go up a notch.
“It is something that everybody has to look forward to and relish. That’s the older lads and the younger ones. It is better that way. We are all looking forward to it.
It is the news many fans have been dreading, with most thinking they had finally seen the back of players like Jack Colback and Achraf Lazaar.
But they – as well as Henri Saivet and Rolando Aarons, among others – who were despatched to train with the reserves or sent out on loan, will now be hoping to figure in Bruce’s first team plans.
Another opportunity for some fringe players will be seen as a step backwards
Fans who were worried about the direction of the club following Rafa Benitez’s departure, will see this as yet another backwards step.
The fact that Bruce has lauded both Lazaar and Aarons during their temporary spells at Hillsborough last season, will send shockwaves through Toon fans.
Judging from Lazaar’s performance against Wolves on Wednesday, he should be nowhere near a Premier League squad, and yet, we now have the prospect of him remaining on Tyneside for another season.
The squad is desperately in need of strengthening, and hopefully Bruce will not be thinking that any of the players deemed not good enough by his predecessor, will now be able to come in and do a job.