Newcastle United look set to terminate Matty Longstaff’s loan spell at Aberdeen after a disappointing stint in Scotland, according to The Chronicle.
It’s reported that the 21-year-old midfielder’s ‘season-long loan deal’ contains a January release clause, and that Longstaff and his representatives will be facilitating a move back to Tyneside as soon as possible.
He could then get the chance to impress manager Eddie Howe, for possible inclusion in the first team, or alternatively another loan deal may be arranged.
After a promising (but short lived) stint in Steve Bruce’s first team squad – which saw him score a memorable goal on his debut against Manchester United – Longstaff’s chances with the Dons have been limited, having made just three SPL starts under manager (and ex toon winger) Stephen Glass and having been omitted from the last three squads.
Here’s what the former Mag said about Matty in a recent interview:
“I think, clearly, Matty would’ve liked more game time, clearly we would’ve liked better performances.”
Fortunately, time is on his side, even if these comments from Glass hardly paint the midfielder’s performance in a particularly positive light.
Lets hope the youngster’s fortunes can turn around with some careful tutelage under Eddie Howe and his coaching staff.
One thing is for sure, Longstaff’s best is yet to come, whether back at Newcastle or at another club where he can live up to his undoubted potential.