After news of interest and now an ‘imminent’ bid from Manchester United, Newcastle fans have been debating exactly how much Sean Longstaff is worth.
My first thought? Priceless. He’s a local lad who not only has passion for this club but real quality and intelligence – both on and off the ball – but some will argue that every player has a price-tag.
It’s hard to say, especially in modern day football where it takes little time for a player to go from £5m to £50m if they start proving themselves at Premier League level.
He’s only actually played 12 times for our senior side, but the way he burst onto the scene and looked like he’d been playing Premier League football for years makes him a hugely attractive proposition.
Not only that, he seems to be a have to be a wise head on young shoulders, not forgetting that he looks to be a player who can not only pass the ball but do the dirty work too, with many comparing him to Michael Carrick.
Here’s what Newcastle United fans said when asked ‘what should the asking price be’ by fan account @NUC360:
“Honestly 50mil+ Is he worth that at the minute? no. However he is an unknown quantity. There’s a reason Man Utd want him now. They think his potential is higher than his current value.”
“£40 million. Nothing less.”
“Realistically, having played 12 games in the premier league, I would say £15-20m. Still a big gamble for any club. Hope he stays.”
“You see Palace wanting up to 80m for Zaha, we should do the same, 60m should be the asking price.”
“Money isn’t the only thing at play here. He’s a local lad which is important from an identity point of view. We’ve always had local lads in the team and now only have Dummett and Longstaff. Wouldn’t sell him for the money that will be offered. He needs to be kept.”
“I’d sell him for 60 mil. I rate him but we could get 2 or 3 for that money. If Rafa gets to pick the players of course.”
“Who cares? Ashley will just pocket most of it anyway. when do we ever reinvest money made from player sales back into the squad? still waiting to spend that £35m we got for Carroll and the £30m for Sissoko.”
“They’ll offer £15mil. Shouldn’t accept anything less than £40mil. Can’t see us attracting the quality of player to replace him.”
“£35m plus, not because he’s worth that now but he’s a young English player with a lot of potential and we all know that sells.”
“It’s too early in his career to move to a top 6 team, he’s only played 9 premier league games. Also I think he would like to stick with us, could see him become captain in the next few years“
“£50m or nothing.”
“We shouldn’t accept ANY price. Even if we had £40m to spend there’s no way we can attract that quality of player to our club at the current time and under the current ownership. All offers should be unequivocally rejected.”
The Chronicle claim we’ll reject all offers for the 21-year-old this summer, but I’ll believe that when I see it when a certain Mike Ashley is involved.