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Howe Has Struck Gold and Dropped Newcastle Player Who is Now Worth 10x Less Than Targett

Newcastle United had success in the 2023/24 season by developing players from their academy.

Players such as Elliot Anderson and Lewis Miley have broken into Eddie Howe’s first team and have taken full advantage of the club’s injury situation – giving the boss a selection headache if all the players are available at the start of next season.

Miley in particular has impressed, making 17 Premier League appearances in recent months and even scoring his first professional goal in the 3-0 win over Fulham.

Despite his tender age of just 18, he was immediately included in the Magpies squad and feels at home at St. James’ Park, even if he lacks experience at the highest level.

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He has the potential to be a star in the club’s midfield for many years to come and potentially be the frontrunner in the club’s bid to challenge for the Premier League title again in the near future.

However, just a few years ago, many Newcastle fans would have thought that a player could have been the future of the club, especially given his impact on his first-team debut, but he has suffered a huge decline in recent years and Howe made the right decision in letting him leave Tyneside to pursue new opportunities.

Matty Longstaff’s statistics at Newcastle United

After joining the club at the age of ten, midfielder Matty Longstaff quietly progressed through the club’s academy system before getting his big chance in the senior team in 2019.

At the age of 18, he made his Premier League debut against Manchester United, scoring a brilliant shot from outside the box to win the Premier League Goal of the Month award.

In the return match against the same opponents at Old Trafford, Longstaff also scored his second goal for his boyhood club, but unfortunately that was the only thing the youngster was able to achieve at St. James’ Park.

The promising midfielder only made 20 appearances for the club in total, but enjoyed a successful loan spell at Mansfield Town before a serious knee injury prevented him from making any further impact on Tyneside.

Longstaff’s loan means farewell to Newcastle

Association

Games

Goals

Supports

Aberdeen

5

0

0

Mansfield Town

18

6

2

Colchester United

10

0

0

Stats via Transfermarkt

The huge investments made by the Saudi PIF have undoubtedly prevented the young player from playing in the first team in the future, as the top player no longer reached the required level after the signing of players such as Bruno Guimaraes and Joe Willock.

He would leave the Magpies when his contract expired at the end of 2023/24, but agreed to an early termination to join Toronto FC in the MLS.

The market value of Matty Longstaff in 2024

Almost five years after his debut for the Magpies, the now 24-year-old has suffered a dramatic drop in his market value, which is unsurprising given his decline in recent years.

According to Transfermarkt, Longstaff is now only valued at a measly £800,000, a huge drop from his market peak of £4.2 million in 2021.

His eventual value is now more than ten times lower than that of Magpies dropout Matt Targett, who still has a market value of £8.5m despite not having played for Howe’s side since the 2-2 draw with West Ham United in October 2023.

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It’s unfortunate that Longstaff has seen a huge decline since his debut for the club a few years ago – as the former prodigy has real potential to become a long-term talent alongside his brother Sean in Newcastle’s midfield.

However, it’s good to see he has a new, settled home where he can hopefully get back into shape and rebuild himself to fulfill the potential many fans once thought he had on Tyneside.

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