The Mirror claim that Derby County are eyeing a January loan move for 20-year-old midfielder Matty Longstaff.
The report states that Steve McClaren, who has just been appointed their technical director, is making plans for the new year now they’ve been left with no permanent manager following Phillip Cocu’s sacking – and it seems the rarely seen local lad is on his wishlist.
Recent injury issues has seen Longstaff barely feature so far this season, making just one appearance from the bench in our 2-0 defeat against Southampton.
The shortage of first team action comes after he stalled over signing a new contract for the the majority of 2020 – a scenario that actually left him a free agent before he penned a new two-year deal a few months ago.
Considering he’s played just once since then and is now way down the pecking order again, it’d be interesting to know what his camp are thinking.
Derby are on the brink of a takeover by the Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed, an Abu Dhabi royal family member who had previously been linked with a move to buy our own club. He will take over the reins of a struggling Derby side who are currently bottom of the Championship.
Young Matty would certainly improve their ranks and a run of first team football at that level would only do the player good – especially when he’s barely getting a look in under Bruce.
He is at a stage of his career where he needs to be playing week in, week out before he fades into obscurity like Jamie Sterry and Dan Barlaser before him.
It seems a lifetime ago since his older brother Sean declared that the young red head was our ‘best player in training’ who was teetering on the edge of our starting XI.
A loan stint is in the best interests of all parties involved. Sean excelled at Blackpool when treated to regular football and I have every confidence that Matty will follow suit if this rumour proves to be true.