Fri 12 Apr 2024, 12:29 · Liam Brusby

Newcastle co-owner Amanda Staveley set to make decision on the future of £22m midfielder

Newcastle co-owner Amanda Staveley set to make decision on the future of £22m midfielder
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Newcastle United co-owner Amanda Staveley has a big decision to make regarding the future of local lad Sean Longstaff.

The 26-year-old is out of contract at the end of next season and could be facing a spell out on the side lines after admitting that he has been struggling with a broken foot since last season in a revealing interview with The Athletic

Alongside his injury troubles, next season will see star players Sandro Tonali and Joelinton return to the squad with the latter also signing a new deal to keep him on Tyneside until 2028.

First team football seems as if it will be a far cry for Longstaff next season, with the midfielder valued at over £20million there is a good chance we could see him leave this summer to alleviate any FFP worries.

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Selling Longstaff would mean pure profit

Longstaff is a player who came straight through the academy, making his debut in 2018 under Rafa Benitez.

The Englishman has played 26 times in the Premier League this season, scoring four and assisting two.

He also heavily featured in the Magpies Champions League campaign, scoring a memorable goal against PSG in the unforgettable 4-1 win at St. James' Park.

The face that Longstaff is an academy graduate means that any money the club gets from him is profitable. This summer is the last chance to get a good fee for him with his deal running out at the end of next season.


Longstaff knew he wasn't 100%

In his interview with The Athletic, he admitted that he broke his foot in a game against Everton last season and also rushed his recovery from an ankle injury sustained against Bournemouth in November.

"We came back for pre-season and we brought Sandro in. It's like, 'well, you don't want to lose your spot in the team'. I did lose it because I wasn't fully fit and then went through a spell where it got better. Longstaff said.

"I got back into the team and thought I was playing really well. Then I got injured again at Bournemouth in November. It was a 10-week ankle injury and I came back in four.

"It’s hard enough playing with one bad foot but, when you’ve got a sore left foot and a right ankle that doesn’t move properly, it’s never going to be the easiest, especially at this level. It is what it is.

"I’ll always put the team ahead of myself and people will either see that and appreciate it or they won’t."