My unpopular opinion on Sean & Matty Longstaff – From local hero to looking for a move?

‘Longstaff linked with a move away from Newcastle United’. “Which one this time?” I hear you ask.

Since older brother Sean made his debut two years ago this month, in a 4-0 defeat at Anfield, the pair have made a total of 49 Premier League appearances between them. Steady numbers, but they are hardly part of the NUFC furniture just yet – even if they think that is the case.

In that time, both brothers have been involved in contract disputes, with young Matty running his down to the point of being a free agent in the summer, before having to come back to us with his tail between his legs when he could not find a suitor.

Sean has just appointed himself a new ‘super-agent’ in the past week, with The Mail reporting that this is to help wrangle himself a move away from St James’ Park. He has previously admitted that speculation linking him to Man United distracted him from performing in a black-and-white shirt. The same article by Craig Hope claims that Spurs are now thought to be his hopeful destination.

Why is it that at the earliest possible opportunity, both players have seemingly flirted with the possibility of leaving? The pair’s actions suggest they think they are better than us. I understand that neither of them have openly demanded a move away, but reading between the lines it seems pretty obvious to me what is going on here.

Matty’s situation, although I couldn’t get my head around it at the start of the year, is a lot more plausible. He is 20-years old and is in desperate need of game time. A spell on loan to a lower league club would do him a great deal of good, ironically, just as it did with his brother when he had a short stint at Blackpool before cracking the first-team.

Sean, however, is just outright starting to take the mick. Every young Geordie’s dream is to pull on the black-and-white stripes and represent Newcastle United. Imagine the lifestyle… turning in for training every day for and playing on a weekend for the club that we love. This appears, sadly, to not be quite good enough for him.

I am at the point now where if both players wish to leave for pastures new, then we should be the last ones to stand in their way. With 18 months left on his current deal, Sean should be sold as soon as possible if the rumours are true that he wants out. Cash in on him, and get in a player who wants to be here.

Truth be told, neither of them get in our best XI anyway, with Shelvey and Hayden are our preferred midfield duo. If Sean can’t even get into the Toon’s best lineup, then how on Earth does he expect to play for Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham, the Premier League’s current leaders?

Three transfer sagas in two years is not healthy for our club, and I refuse to give either of them a pass simply for being from the local area. If anything, I think they have been void from criticism and given the benefit of the doubt by our supporters for that exact reason.

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6 thoughts on “My unpopular opinion on Sean & Matty Longstaff – From local hero to looking for a move?

  1. You really are a ****. And an ignorant one at that.

    They don’t think they are better than us. They just want to play regular football – and if they have to go somewhere else to do that, then what’s wrong with that?

    We really can be as deluded as other fans claim.
    So we believe that a player who moves to get regular first team football, and a better wage, is in some way either disloyal or arrogant?
    Players don’t get the chance to play for their country, or to secure that move to Man U, or Barcelona by sitting on the bench.

    If you want to know what a player who is loyal and happy to sit on the bench looks like, take a look at Shola.


  2. I think in their defence they’ve been poorly advised. Neither wants a move away …

    While they’re not setting the world on fire I think they both have the potential to do great things, the way that happens sometimes it’s to go elsewhere though as they may work harder with a point to prove.

    Who’s to say Carrick/Shearer would have done as well as they did if they actually stayed at a Newcastle?


  3. Sean had a horrific injury, but before that the lad was excellent alongside Hayden.

    Don’t forget, Rafa was about to turn his back on him in the same way he did with numerous other youth team players. Sean was about to go out on loan before Shelvey & Diame got injured and Ki went off to the Asian Cup. Then Longstaff & Hayden were thrown into the first team (Hayden was rotting in the reserves being ignored at the time as well) – and the pair were excellent.

    Sean has taken time to get his fitness back from that injury, but in the last few games the lad has probably ran further than any other player on the pitch – don’t know how you can accuse him of thinking he’s better than us.

    Matty has only been given a handful of opportunities.

    But let’s be honest – this isn’t a good footballing team to play in is it?!
    No possession, no creativity, no identity, a clueless manager & an owner with no ambition & wants to sell – sound prefect doesn’t it?!.


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