Newcastle United are on a collision course with relegation as their dismal run of form continued on Saturday in a loss to Brighton. While it would be a disaster for the club, there are some players on the Newcastle roster that could benefit from dropping down to the second division.
Arguably the club’s most promising prospect, Anderson would get the chance to work his way into the first team more consistently if they’re playing in the Championship. He’s very skilled on the ball and it would allow him to gain valuable experience against defenders that are less gifted and physical than the ones in the EPL. He would also benefit from the fact that attacking players like Allan Saint-Maximin, Miguel Almiron, and Ryan Fraser might be likely to leave if the club is relegated.
The Longstaff Bros.
Under Rafa Benitez, Sean Longstaff was thrust into a key role due to injuries before he suffered an injury of his own and never got back into the same form. He could use a season in the second division to re-establish himself as a crucial player for the club’s future and get some confidence back.
These Newcastle United players could use a season playing in the second division.
For Matty, he’s been left out of the rotation, and often the matchday squad, by Steve Bruce this season. Just turning 21 years old on Sunday, Longstaff would be playing against competition that’s closer to his skill level at the moment. The much-needed squad rotation would also make sure that he got his chances to play.
It’s tough to know if Newcastle would move their record-signing forward if they get relegated. But, if they don’t, a season in the Championship could be massive for him. His confidence has been low essentially since he arrived at Newcastle and a year of scoring goals consistently could be just what the doctor ordered.