Nottingham Forest might have been handed a boost in their quest to strengthen their squad this summer. Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has admitted that Matty Longstaff will be allowed out on loan for the 2021/22 campaign.
In an interview with the Northern Echo, Bruce admitted that the midfielder wasn’t part of his plans for the next season. Forest, West Brom and Sheffield United are all keen on securing his services.
Longstaff has failed to convince the Magpies manager of his quality. He has largely been a peripheral figure since he checked into the club and some supporters have questioned why.
Clearly, the club feels another season on the fringes won’t do him any good. As a result, they’re not willing to sanction a loan move for the current campaign.
Forest probably won’t be at the front of the queue to sign him. Sheffield United and West Brom are both just out of the Premier League and will have significant pulling power.
The Baggies probably lead the chase given the fact they have flown out of the blocks during the current campaign.
Longstaff’s career has proved an intriguing one. He scored against Manchester United on debut and was then linked with a £50 million move to Old Trafford shortly after.
Bruce has now seemingly got some good news for the club pursuing his signature. He told the Northern Echo: “It’s something we’ve decided is the best thing for Matty. We’ll see in the next week, but we’ve had one or two enquiries. We hope something will happen.”
Would Longstaff be a good addition for Forest?
He most certainly would. Forest have added James Garner from Manchester United but another central midfielder wouldn’t go amiss.
Jack Colback has looked way below his best, whilst Ryan Yates continues to divide opinion among the Forest fan base.
Longstaff boasts Premier League experience but also possesses some youthful exuberance that the engine room is currently lacking.
The 21-year-old would be the ideal performer in the box-to-box role and Forest should do whatever it takes to land the Newcastle man.