By Frank McAvennie

3rd Jun, 2021 | 6:00pm

Ex-striker says Bruce 'proved right' as Newcastle favourite Longstaff set to ask for transfer

Frank McAvennie claims Steve Bruce has been proved right over his treatment of Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff. 

The former West Ham striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, was reacting to the latest on the future of the academy product and fans favourite.

A Newcastle source has told Football Insider that the 21-year-old is frustrated at how he has been used by the club this season.

It is understood he will ask the club to leave this summer but will not go as far as to hand in a transfer request.

Longstaff only made five Premier League appearances in the recently concluded season after signing a new two-year deal in the summer.

He enjoyed a breakthrough 2019-20 campaign as he made 16 first team appearances in all competitions.

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Newcastle enjoyed a strong end to the season but Longstaff played no part in his side’s resurgence.

McAvennie claims this upturn in form proves Bruce was right to not play Longstaff but sympathised with his frustrations.

“He has to go somewhere and play,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“They were playing without him and getting results so Bruce has been proved right there. 

“It’s not a popular thing to say but he’s been proved right. The young boy wants games and I have no problem with that. 

“If you aren’t getting a game, go and play somewhere else. If he’s that desperate, he could drop down the leagues to find football.

“He’s English as well, he won’t just sit and take the money. He will want to go and play football wherever he can get it.”

In other news, Newcastle United could be beaten by Brighton to the signing of Argentine sensation as £6m+ bid lined up.