Newcastle manager Eddie Howe has hinted that Matty Longstaff’s loan deal with Aberdeen will be cut short in January after the midfielder’s struggles for game-time at Pittodrie; admitting he was aware of his “situation” with the Dons.

Longstaff has only managed three league starts though as the Dons have struggled to put together a consistent run of form this season, leading to suggestions Longstaff will return to his parent club when the transfer window reopens.

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Longstaff may be back on Tyneside sooner than expected (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

Newcastle boss Howe is hoping to hold talks to see where Longstaff sees his future in the short-term before making any decision on ending his loan, with the St James’ hierarchy keen for him to get as much game-time as possible.

Howe said: “Matty Longstaff’s situation I am aware of.

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“I think I would encourage a conversation between Matty to see what his thought processes are.

“And then we will evaluate that one closer to January.”

Glass never minced his words when he was asked about Longstaff’s future, although he did admit that it was out of his control what would happen in January, saying: “That’s not a decision that we take.

He’s here on loan, there’s a parent club and there’s us and there’s discussions that have to happen.

“I think, clearly, Matty would’ve liked more game time, clearly we would’ve liked better performances.

“But there’s a lot of games coming in December with a lot of opportunities for a good number of our players and Matty comes under that umbrella.”

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