By Kevin Phillips

6th Dec, 2020 | 12:47pm

Phillips Exclusive: Newcastle midfielder backed to complete January exit - 'I'm Sure'

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce should allow Matty Longstaff to leave the club on loan in January amid reported interest from Derby County, according to Kevin Phillips.

The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, is adamant that the 20-year-old would have a “queue of clubs” from the Championship interested in his services.

According to the Sunday Mirror (29/11; page 72) Championship strugglers Derby County are considering a loan bid for Longstaff when the transfer window reopens on 1 January.

The centre-midfielder committed his long-term future to the club in August but has played just 29 minutes of first team football this season.

Phillips claimed Longstaff could learn a lot from the Rams’ current caretaker manager Wayne Rooney if he moved to Pride Park.

“Longstaff needs to play,” he told Football Insider.

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“I wanted Newcastle to tie him down on a long-term contract and then send him out on loan if he is not going to be playing regularly.

“He has shown that he has great ability and that he can play at Premier League level. If he is not going to be playing at least let him go somewhere to develop and improve this season.

“At Derby County he could do that because he would be playing week in, week out. That move would benefit the player and a club that is really struggling at the moment. I am sure he would learn a lot of Wayne Rooney as well.

“However, if Matty Longstaff was to be made available in January there would be a queue of clubs looking to get acquire his services. I imagine he would have a pick of the Championship teams.”    

In other Newcastle United news, it can be REVEALED that the club are set to block January exit of yet-to-be-seen ace valued at £20m last year.