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Waugh hints at ‘promises’ to Newcastle man who ‘should’ have left

Writing in The Athletic‘s match discussion during yesterday’s loss to Arsenal,  hinted that were some ‘promises’ made to Matty Longstaff while also suggesting Newcastle United should have allowed both him and Elliot Anderson to leave on  in 

WHY DIDN’T LONGSTAFF LEAVE?

Despite the club extending the midfielder’s  in September after he had initially left the club, he hasn’t been handed much in the way of starts.

Indeed, Football Insider claimed that  were keen to sign him on loan during the January window in a deal that would allow  to join  as Nathaniel Chalobah would have left Vicarage Road to replace him at Leicester City. However, dire boardroom relations between Newcastle and the Championship club are understood to have blocked the deal.

HOW ABOUT ANDERSON?

Anderson – who Steve Bruce praised following his debut away at Arsenal in January – is said to have had an offer from Luton Town – was blocked from leaving with The Athletic revealing at the time that the ‘indication’ was that he’d be in line for more game time at  James’ Park.

WHY HAVEN’T THEY PLAYED?

Clearly, Newcastle’s precarious position won’t have helped.

Given how poor the run of form was prior to the draw with Tottenham Hotspur in April, throwing in two youngsters (albeit Longstaff has a touch more experience) may have been seen as a risk. Still, the fact Anderson has only played in 42 minutes of action for the first-team and Longstaff – who broke through promisingly last  – has only been handed 377 of  action doesn’t exactly speak to much of a pathway into the starting XI for some of Newcastle’s highest-profile developing talents.

WHAT DID WAUGH SAY?

“It has been a baffling season in terms of the younger Longstaff’s development and it is frustrating he has seen so little game-time, particularly after the promises that were made to him,” he wrote.

“A loan deal in January should have happened, just as it should have done for Anderson.”

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Arsenal Yet To Take Joe Willock Decision

He scored three goals in his last three appearances for the club and have given them a huge boost in their bid to steer away from the Premier League relegation zone.

Newcastle are interested in bringing him back at the club for next season as well but it has been claimed no talks are yet to take place with Arsenal.

And the north London club are yet to make a decision on whether Willock should be at the Emirates next term.

The Gunners have been keeping tabs on the midfielder’s loan spell and he remains highly rated at the club.

But Mikel Arteta is yet to take a decision on whether he sees a place for Willock in his squad going forward into the 2021/22 season.

Newcastle could be prepared to sign him on a permanent deal as well, but the transfer budget is expected to be tight at the club this summer.

Therefore, the Magpies would prefer to sign Willock on a loan deal with Arsenal expected to insist on him signing a new deal or including a mandatory purchase option in any agreement.

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Bruce makes big claim about ‘gifted’ Newcastle United star

  manager  has vowed the club will keep on to star player  this summer.

WHAT IS THE LATEST  NEWS INVOLVING SAINT-MAXIMIN?

Speaking on the latest episode of the Everything is Black and White Podcast admit  faced a ‘challenge’ to keep a hold of the winger this summer. Indeed, both Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal have been linked with a move for him in the past and, since returning from injury, the former Nice star has been in excellent form.

Still, talking to the media ahead of Sunday’s visit of Arsenal, Bruce backed the club to keep their wing wizard, who only recently penned a one-year  extension, which now sees his deal run to the summer of 2026.

WHAT DID BRUCE SAY?

“I said he would always attract attention, attract interest,” said the 60-year-old as quoted by The Mirror.

“The last thing we want to be doing is selling our best players. The thing for Allan is he needs to find consistency. Staying well and staying fit.

“COVID hit him badly but you can see when he is playing, and playing injury free, he is a special special talent, which inevitably will draw interest, of course. The last thing we want to do is sell.

“Watch him once and you know he is a talent, a gifted footballer. He is one who gets you off your seat and there are not many of them. He scored a goal in training which was remarkable. It’s a pity we don’t have any footage of it.

“We applauded him. He has a wonderful talent but needs to find the consistency which big players need and stay well. COVID hit him badly. For two months he only got up to a walk. He has only played three full 90 minutes all season.”

HOW MUCH DOES SAINT-MAXIMIN EARN AT NEWCASTLE?

Believed to be one of the club’s top earners (in the region of £80k-per-week), Saint-Maximin is currently valued at £25.2m by Transfermarkt.

Still, even that sot of fee would surely be considered cheap. Statistically the second-best dribbler in the Premier League this season (via WhoScored), he is on course to record more than his 7 goal contributions of last season and is still relatively young at 24 years of age.

An absolute game-changer as he proved against Burnley earlier this month as he ramped up his return from injury, Newcastle would surely be in a strong position to ask for almost double that should any interest emerge this summer, considering just how important he is to them.

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Initial contact made as Newcastle consider PL transfer swoop – Report

Newcastle  could make a surprise £7m move for Southampton’s Mario Lemina, currently on loan at , according to The Guardian

WHAT IS THE LATEST TRANSFER NEWS INVOLVING LEMINA?

They claim that Newcastle – along with West Ham – have made initial contact over a potential swoop this summer as the Gabonese star is not part of Southampton’s plans.

Indeed, a fee of around £7m has been mooted.

WHAT ARE LEMINA’S CONTRACT DETAILS?

The former Juventus man still has two years to run on his contract at St. Mary’s Stadium and it is believed to see him earning in the region of £40k-per-week (via SpotRac).

WOULD HE BE A GOOD SIGNING?

While it hadn’t really worked out for Lemina in the Premier League up until this season, he has put in some promising performances for ’s side. Indeed, his average of 1.8 tackles and 1.1 interceptions per game (via WhoScored) would see him rank joint-third and joint-eighth in the current Newcastle squad, which could help offer a dynamic presence in midfield.

’s lack of options there were frequently lamented earlier in the season and, while  has largely fixed that, perhaps Lemina could be a cut-price replacement should the  loanee too expensive. Though the  boss is believed to be keen to sign Willock for around £20m this summer, The Mirror did recently claim that Newcastle were ‘vulnerable’ in that the North London giants could raise their price for the midfielder after his good performances in black and white.

Clearly, Lemina hasn’t offered as much of a goal threat as Willock this season (scoring just once) but would appear to offer roughly the same in terms of tackles (1.8 to 1.9) and interceptions (1.1 to 0.9) so could at least bring with him some energy if the Arsenal man cannot return next year. While not exactly the most inspiring idea, you can see the logic, particularly for a relatively low fee of £7m.

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Bruce on improved Magpies

It’s fair to say that we have all seen a marked improvement in almost every area of Newcastle United following the 3-0 embarrassing defeat at the hands of Brighton and Hove Albion.

There were no redeeming qualities of the performance against the Seagulls but in the aftermath the side have picked themselves up and managed to all but secure Premier League safety.

When addressing the press ahead of this weekend’s game against Arsenal, Bruce touched on the recent form and the reasons for why United’s fortunes have changed so drastically.

“We’re certainly in a better position than we were a month ago. We’ve only lost one of our last eight games so just at the right time, we’ve found a bit of resilience.

“We’ve had our big players in key areas fit which has coincided with the upturn in results.”

From a side that looked all but down at the Amex to a side on 36 points, nine points clear of 18th placed Fulham, the transformation has been due to a number of reasons.

Bruce correctly points out the resilience of the team, they may not have played well in all of the four games that followed but the late equaliser against Spurs, the comeback at Turf Moor, the winner against the Hammers and finally the 95th minute Joe Willock leveller just moments after the side had been cheated out of an equalising goal clearly shows the resilience and fight of this group of players.

It seems likely that some home truths were told following the Brighton debacle and things have improved as a result.

Allan Saint-Maximin is the other obvious reason. Without him, Newcastle may well of still found themselves in trouble. Influential in the move that saw the Spurs leveller, individual brilliance at Turf Moor and quality displays against West Ham and Liverpool have helped the situation massively.

United’s tactics have at time appeared to be ‘give the ball to Allan and hope he can beat six players’ which is not sustainable in the long run but fortunately has worked in the short term securing Premier League status.

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Newcastle United Legend Salutes Steve Bruce For Reintegrating Matt Ritchie

The left-back allegedly called Bruce a coward for blaming him and he remained an unused substitute in the next three league games for Newcastle.

But Ritchie has started all of Newcastle’s last four games where they picked up eight points, which has helped him to steer them away from the relegation zone.

Shearer feels the defender brings a certain kind of attitude to the team, which is helpful and his ability to deliver dangerous balls into the box is a brilliant addition.

The former Magpie also stressed that Bruce showed a certain amount of bravery in putting his differences with Ritchie aside and get him back into the team.

“Ritchie has been another key figure in Newcastle’s recovery”, Shearer told The Athletic.

“You know what he’s going to provide for the team, but that predictability is good. He’ll get wide and he’ll fire the ball in.

“I like his spikiness, that drive he has and the standards that he demands from others.

“And you have to say it’s been ballsy of the manager to reintegrate him into the team when there was obviously a problem between them.”

Ritchie is likely to stay in the team as Newcastle look to further move away from the relegation zone and secure their Premier League status for one more season.

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Sean Longstaff reveals what cannot be questioned at Newcastle

Sean Longstaff has urged that Newcastle United’s determination cannot be questioned. 

CAN IT?

Well, yes and no.

Indeed, having watched them produce a string of dire performances this season, it’s hard to suggest Steve Bruce’s side have approached every game in the same manner they are currently doing. For example, the two losses to Brighton were shocking, along with a dire performance away to Sheffield United. Sadly, that is just to name a few.

Still, this is largely the same group of players who came up from the Championship together in 2017 and, while defending Bruce’s management this season is something I’m not personally willing to do, the number of injuries suffered to key players such as Callum Wilson, Miguel Almiron, Martin Dubravka and Allan Saint-Maximin do have to be taken into account of course. So, the fact they have recently improved as the injury crisis eased should be of little surprise with the quality back in the team, as well as the fact that this is a group who have battled through an arduous second-tier campaign and then battled to stay up under Rafa Benitez.

WHAT DID LONGSTAFF SAY?

Speaking to the club’s official Twitter feed, Longstaff talked of how hard his teammates work for each other.

“I think the mentality, character and the determination of the team is something that can’t be questioned,” he said.

“I think the run that we did have, I think it would be easy for people to go the other way but that’s not what this group is about. We’ve got a lot of good professionals, people who have been here a long time and know what it means to play for Newcastle United.”

HOW WELL HAS LONGSTAFF BEEN PLAYING? 

Recently praised by Lee Ryder for coming back into the side after an eleven-game absence between January and March, the 23-year-old is in good form.

Against Liverpool, for example, Longstaff produced two interceptions (the joint-highest amount in the Newcastle team, via WhoScored) while his tackles were the most on in the side. Looking as if he’s got his confidence back, his return to form has come at a crucial time.

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Newcastle will ‘have to haggle’ to sign Willock

Newcastle United fans have been dealt a potential blow in their hopes that their club will manage to bring Joe Willcok back to St. James’ Park once his loan deal expires at the end of the season.

Fresh details of the 21-year old’s loan move to Newcastle have surfaced and it seems that we have no advantage over any other club when looking to secure his signature.

It seems the magpies do not have an agreed price for the midfielder nor does the loan deal could them a first option to buy before any other Premier League clubs.

Both of these factors should ring plenty alarm bells in the minds of Toon fans. Firstly, not having a set price pre agreed may be a nightmare as United are notoriously rubbish at negotiations and have always struggled to get deals over the line and the second permutation that we have no first option is also worrying. As a club, we are dangerously slow making moves and no doubt other Premier League sides will have noticed the hot run of form that Willock is currently enjoying and are monitoring the situation should be become available for sale.

This report comes from the Mirror and has since been shared by popular twitter account NUFC 360.

Joe Willock is a player that we should be doing everything we can to bring to the club on a permanent deal. He is a goal scoring centre midfielder, which can often be hard to find.

With news of a potential windfall that would boost the transfer kitty, there are perhaps fresh hope that a deal can be struck but with price tag rumoured to be around the £20M mark, it is still a deal that seems some way from coming to fruition.

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Rangers Set To Face Premier League Competition To Land Defensive Target

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Fabian Schar posts message after ramping up injury return

Ramping up his return from a lengthy  absence, Fabian Schar has taken to Twitter

WHAT DID HE SAY?

Featuring for ’s U23 side in their  2 win over Crystal Palace yesterday afternoon, Schar posted a 16-word message on his social media to update supporters on his progress.

“Good to get some min in the tank.. feels good to be on the pitch,” he wrote.

HAVE NEWCASTLE MISSED HIM?

Despite the recent upturn in performance, not having Schar available since the dramatic win over Southampton in February had been a blow.

Indeed, they have not kept a clean sheet since he was forced off against Southampton after keeping two in the seven games when he was enjoying a sustained run in the side. Even despite missing seventeen Premier League games this season, the 29-year-old ranks highly in some key defensive metrics for ’s side too.

WhoScored data shows Schar is only beaten by  for interceptions per game (1.6) while his average of 3.1 clearances over the same period sees him rank within the top five. Commended for his stunning block to stop Sadio Mane from scoring at  James’ Park by Ally McCoist during Amazon Prime‘s coverage in December, Schar was showing genuine signs of being a reliable central defender at Premier League level.

SHOULD NEWCASTLE KEEP HIM?

The Chronicle claimed in March that the club could look to invoke a clause in Schar’s deal – currently due to expire in the summer – and extend the arrangement for another year.

Given his performances this season, that would look to be a good idea. Enjoying a rich vein of form prior to his injury, there’d even be a chance of selling him this summer if the club wish to do so if they extend his contract, potentially helping raise valuable funds this summer in their pursuit of Joe Willock on a permanent deal.

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