Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff has completed a season-long loan move to Scottish side Aberdeen, the clubs have confirmed.
Matty Longstaff Joins Aberdeen on Season-Long Loan
In Need of Game-Time
Longstaff’s footballing development desperately needs more game-time.
Many Manchester United fans will remember when the 21-year-old lined up for his Premier League debut alongside his brother, Sean Longstaff, in a fixture between the two clubs in late 2019.
The youngster looked confident throughout the match, and this ended up paying off as he scored a fantastic strike from outside the box into the bottom corner. This was the only goal of the game as his side emerged victorious in a tight-fought battle.
That performance, however, did not manage to provide Longstaff’s career with a springboard. He started Newcastle’s next two league games, but only managed to earn three more in the Magpies’ remaining 28 fixtures in the top flight of English football.
Last season was a similar story for the young Englishman.
Between December 2020 and January 2021, Longstaff started four out of five league games, but those were the only times throughout the entire campaign that he played from the outset in the senior side.
The closest he has come to the pitch so far this season has been Newcastle’s EFL Cup second-round fixture against Burnley, which they lost 4-3 on penalties. Longstaff was named on the bench that evening.
Being too far from the first-team to gain enough experience for his development, it only makes sense that the central midfielder moves away from St James’ Park on loan this season.
Aberdeen will provide fantastic opportunities for Longstaff, should he become a mainstay in the starting team. They finished fourth in the Scottish Premiership last campaign, and are currently second after three games, with two wins and a draw.