Danny Mills says that he completely understands why contract talks between Newcastle United and midfielder Sean Longstaff have stalled at St James’ Park.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds United and England full-back says that the 22-year-old has been decent since breaking into the first-team but has not done enough to warrant a new deal less than a year since he last put pen to paper.
As reported by the Telegraph, talks between the midfielder and Newcastle have stalled with the Magpies reluctant to hand him a big-money deal without him having proved himself on a regular basis at St James’ Park.
Mills says that Newcastle are right to demand more from the homegrown talent and says he might have to wait until the end of the season before he is handed an improved contract on Tyneside.
Mills told Football Insider: “He signed a new deal last year, how many great games has he had since then? Three?
“Suddenly it’s like: ‘I want a new contract, I want to double my wages,’ or whatever it is. Hang on a minute, you’ve had three good games in that time. We gave you that contract because we expected those performances week in, week out.
“I think sometimes the club are right to play hardball and say: ‘Right, you’ve signed your four-year deal. We’ve given you that deal knowing that you were going to play to that sort of level. Just because you’ve had three good games doesn’t mean you can come in and start demanding double your money.’
“It is sort of market forces and sadly it’s the way of the football world at times, but it doesn’t make it right. If you have a great season and teams are coming in with big-value money, then fine but I’m not sure they would be right now.”
Longstaff has played 21 times for Newcastle across all competitions since his breakthrough in the senior side, with eight of those appearances coming this season.
He has seen younger brother Matty join him in the first-team setup this term, the duo making headlines with their performances against Manchester United.
In other Newcastle United news, Paul Robinson has named three players in the running for the vacant captain’s armband.