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Newcastle made “enquiry” over Scott McTominay, he’s Longstaff 2.0

Newcastle United are currently enjoying a remarkable campaign thus far under manager Eddie Howe, with the Englishman having steered the club firmly into Champions League qualification.

Despite that impressive run of form – which has seen the Magpies lose just once in the Premier League thus far – the Tynesiders do appear keen to strengthen this month, with midfield having emerged as something of a “priority“, according to Daily Mail journalist Craig Hope.

One name that has seemingly been on the club’s radar of late is Manchester United man, Scott McTominay, with the aforementioned Hope stating that the Scotland international has “admirers” at St James’ Park.

This follows reports from during the summer window that named the northeast side as one potential suitor for the towering midfielder, with clubs circling following the Red Devils’ capture of Casemiro.

Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie – speaking to GIVEMESPORT – has now confirmed that Howe and co have made contact regarding a move for the 26-year-old in the recent past, albeit with Erik ten Hag’s side said to be reluctant to part ways.

The respected source stated: “I think there was an enquiry made for McTominay recently, perhaps even on loan, but I don’t think Man United want to do it.”

The fact that the Old Trafford outfit don’t intend to budge could well prove a blessing in disguise for Newcastle, with McTominay arguably not of the quality required to help improve the current squad.

Dubbed “not good enough” by pundit Roy Keane earlier this season, the £60k-per-week dud has failed to provide a single goal or assist in the league this term, having started only six games in the competition.

While lauded as a “physical monster” by former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the 6 foot 4 brute appears to have little more to his game than offering a hard-working presence in the engine room.

That trait could well see him likened to current St James’ Park asset Sean Longstaff, with the 25-year-old, academy graduate also a reliable, yet unglamorous cog in Howe’s machine, having only scored once and registered two assists this term.

Equally, like McTominay – who averages just 1.3 tackles per game this season – the local lad has also hardly pulled up any trees with regards to winning back possession, as he averages just 1.1 tackles per game from his 18 league outings.

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The pair are also far from the most creative figures as Longstaff ranks in the bottom 24% for progressive passes among those in his position in Europe, while the Red Devils man ranks in just the bottom 25% in that regard.

As such, it may well appear foolish to bring in another asset who appears to share a particular likeness to Longstaff, with the latter man currently putting in commendable, albeit unremarkable, performances at the heart of the midfield.

To then splash the cash on McTominay – who has been valued at around £44m by CIES Football Observatory – would seemingly not be the upgrade that Newcastle are hoping for.