Newcastle United appear to be completely overhauling their Under-23s squad after being left disappointed at how few academy players have been able to break into the first-team over recent years.
The Newcastle Chronicle has reported that Curtis Good, Tom Heardman, Ben Kitchen, Stuart Findlay, Michael Newberry, Jack Hunter, Kyle Cameron and Paul Woolston have all been released by the club in a brutal mass clearout that has shown little signs of stopping.
It was understood that the lack of quality in the development squad led to the exodus, but the Magpies have now made the decision to let another player to leave in the summer – but this time it is a huge error.
The Canaries are said to be interested in a summer deal for the central midfielder – but Newcastle really must offer him a new deal because of the amount of potential he has.
Heaney, 19, was once in the middle of a tug-of-war between Scotland and England over his future international allegiance and with him yet to have his 20th birthday, it’s impossible to decide he’s not good enough without a single first-team appearance to his name.
Newcastle need to give him a second chance and reverse their current decision.
The teenager should get a two-year deal with the option of extending it by another year.
This way he can be loaned out for the 2018/19 season, then at the end of that the Magpies can either sell him for a fee or decide that he is worthy of breaking into the senior squad.
Allowing him to go for free in the summer is not a good idea at all.
In other Newcastle United news, this £40,000-a-week Magpies player is in the form of his life but Benitez should bin him in the summer.