An update has emerged on Newcastle midfielder Matty Longstaff, regarding West Brom’s interest in his signature.
According to The Chronicle, West Brom are one of a number of teams interested in signing Matty Longstaff on loan from Newcastle this summer.
West Brom, Middlesbrough, Norwich and Anderlecht are all said to be eyeing up a potential swoop for the midfielder, who Newcastle are willing to part ways with on a temporary basis next season.
Former Arsenal and England defender Martin Keown once compared Longstaff to Manchester United legend Paul Scholes, whilst likening his brother Sean to Michael Carrick. He told MOTD 2, as transcribed by The Mag:
“The young lad should be knocking on Steve Bruce’s door and saying ‘Why didn’t you play me sooner?’
“He made more passes, he covered more distance, he really put in a performance.
“It was almost to say to the boss, ‘Hey, look at me, you have overlooked me for too long.’
“It was like a Paul Scholes…
“I know that’s big praise and they are big boots for him to copy, but him and his brother – Carrick, Scholes…you know, they did very well.”
West Brom fans would love it if the club managed to seal a deal to bring Longstaff to the club on a season-long loan from Newcastle.
Conor Gallagher has returned to Chelsea following the end of his loan at The Hawthorns and his exit leaves a gaping hole in the West Brom midfield that needs to be filled ahead of next season. This is where Longstaff could come in, with the Newcastle man potentially replacing Gallagher as the industrious box-to-box player for the Baggies.
Longstaff did not enjoy a successful campaign with Newcastle last term. He only played five times, including four starts, and averaged a dismal WhoScored rating of 6.29 – having managed a score of 6.47 in the Premier League the previous year for the Toon Army.
Whilst this may not seem appealing for West Brom on paper, Longstaff is only 21 and has not had a chance to play regular first-team football over the course of a season, which is where a loan to West Brom would come into his development.
The £18.4k-per-week dynamo could excel if given the chance to play regularly at a lower standard in the Championship after showing some signs of quality in the Premier League.
Longstaff scored two Premier League goals in his first season for Newcastle, including a winner against Manchester United, which shows that he has does have the potential to play at Premier League level.
Therefore, West Brom could be getting a talented young player with the motivation to set the Championship alight to realise his potential, which is why fans would be delighted with this deal and why West Brom need to get it done.