If there’s one player at St James’ Park whose career has stagnated, it’s Sean Longstaff.
Our academy graduate burst onto the scene, impressing so much that Manchester United were interested in signing him, according to Sky Sports.
However, he now finds himself out of Steve Bruce’s starting XI.
Longstaff hasn’t started a Premier League game this season, featuring for just two minutes in the opening day win over West Ham.
Bruce has only afforded our No.36 a start in each of the two Carabao Cup wins, as Isaac Hayden and Jonjo Shelvey have been preferred in league action.
Longstaff’s chances of game-time could be hindered even more if a recent report is to be believed.
Foot Mercato and L’Equipe (via GFFN) report that Newcastle are interested in OGC Nice midfielder Wylan Cyprien after the French club dropped their asking price for the Frenchman to just €10 million (£9.2 million).
His valuation was previously €20 million (£18.3 million), and then €15 million (£13.7 million) as Nice desperately attempt to get some cash for the 25-year-old before he can negotiate a pre-contract agreement with clubs in January.
Should the Magpies bring Cyprien to St James’ Park, Longstaff could find chances of action even harder to come by.
After all, the Ligue 1 star is a fine player. He netted eight goals from midfield last term, and also set up a further five. He has previously admitted to Goal that he has been inspired by N’Golo Kante’s rise to the top, and hopes to emulate the Chelsea star.
He said: ‘For N’Golo, it is a meteoric rise and I am appreciative. He is a player that I follow because I had the opportunity to play against him when he was in France. He has taken an extraordinary importance and I will try to persist in the quality of my games with Nice to do like him.’
Presumably, Bruce wouldn’t sign the box-to-box Nice midfielder if he planned to leave him on the sidelines.
As a result, life on Tyneside could become even more hindered for Longstaff if Newcastle pursue Cyprien.