After rumblings of a move last summer, Newcastle United should at least consider moving Sean Longstaff.
What a difference a year makes. The summer of 2019 saw Manchester United express interest in Sean Longstaff, offering a considerable transfer fee. Longstaff was coming off a breakout season and looked to be a star in the making. It seemed that he was flattered by the attention from the Red Devils, but he was comfortable staying at his hometown club.
Supporters were adamant that the Magpies not sell their promising Geordie star. Fast forward to the upcoming summer transfer window, whenever it happens, and Newcastle United should change their stance a bit regarding Longstaff and a move from Tyneside.
This season, Longstaff has struggled. He’s often been careless in his distribution and he had a reckless red card against Wolves that led to a three-match ban. He’s only made 13 starts in the league this season.
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He’s still only 22 years old, but he didn’t progress as he should have this season. He is stuck behind Isaac Hayden and Jonjo Shelvey on the depth chart and also loanee Nabil Bentaleb. What if the Magpies pick up Bentaleb’s option to buy? Longstaff would potentially be a fourth-choice option in the central midfield and a sale of him should bring in a quality financial return.
They absolutely should consider moving him, but it’s not the only answer. He could return to his 2019 form and become the player he seemed destined to become. They shouldn’t sell low, but they should definitely be open to moving him if the money is right.
The Longstaff brothers are both in flux with their stays at Newcastle United and could change their representation to super-agent Pini Zahavi. It will be an interesting summer for both of the young Geordies.