While takeover talk dominates the land, Matty Longstaff’s contract situation remains unresolved.
The youngster’s current deal is set to expire this summer, meaning we could possibly lose one of our top prospects for absolutely nothing.
Under Mike Ashley’s ownership, it seemed as though Longstaff was going to slip away from St James’ Park. But hopefully new owners could offer a new deal to the midfielder.
And it should be a priority. Forget about marquee signings, keeping the youngster at the club is just as important.
New owners have to tie down Matty Longstaff
Under Ashley, the transfer window was a time of dread for Toon fans. Will we sign anyone? Come on, we’ve got to sign someone? Wait, we’re not actually going to sign anyone?! Oh, we’ve signed Shefki Kuqi.
But under new ownership, transfer season could become the most exciting months of the year. Forget the actual football.
The takeover hasn’t even been completed, yet we’ve been linked with some of the biggest footballers on the planet. Six months ago, could you imagine Newcastle being linked with a move for Philippe Coutinho?
However, we must not forget where we came from. While we can afford to build a shiny new team with ease, we must continue to develop the players we’ve got.
And that means we must keep Matty Longstaff at the club.
Even with all the riches heading our way, I still want to see local lads emerging from the academy into the first team. If anything, there should be more providing our facilities are upgraded.
The 20-year-old has proven this season that he can hang in the Premier League, and he’s only going to get better.
The new owners will likely want to sign big players to really mark their arrival, but handing Matty Longstaff a new deal would be equally as important.