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Rafa Turns Down Loan Deal For Promising Youngster

12:07 pm, Sunday, June 19th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 59 Comments

Newcastle United have turned down an approach for 18 year-old Sean Longstaff from Scottish Premier League side Dundee United, who wanted to take the Newcastle-born box to box midfielder on a season long loan north of the border.

Sean has been on Newcastle’s books for ten years and is well thought of at the club.

He played well last season when he was used more as a defensive central midfielder than on the attacking side.

Newcastle United Academy v Bolton Wanderers Academy- Barclays Under 18 Premier League Division Two

Sean Longstaff – box to box midfielder

Longstaff played really well in the Hong Kong Football Club Citi Soccer Sevens tournament recently and it seems that Benitez may want to keep him on Tyneside next season and use him as part of the first team squad.

At the very least, Benitez wants to take a look at the player in pre-season before deciding whether he will send him out on loan or not, but if he does go out on loan there will be no shortage of takers.

This is the piece on Sean on the Newcastle web-site:

“A box-to-box midfielder who bases him game on Steven Gerrard and also admires Wayne Rooney, Sean made his under-18s bow last season while still at school.”

“The former John Spence Community School pupil lives in North Shields and played for North Shields Juniors. He joined Newcastle, his boyhood club, at the age of eight.”

“As well as football, Sean also enjoys cricket.”

One of the many areas of the club Rafa wants to improve is the Youth Academy, so the club can start to bring some top young players like Longstaff through the ranks.

Sounds good to us.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Loan Moves · Newcastle News · Newcastle U18 · Newcastle U21 · Newcastle Youth · Sean Longstaff

59 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ron Knee // Jun 19, 2016 at 12:10 PM

    From the Beeb:

    Of the 20 top-flight clubs, only five have an English manager, and Dyke said Hodgson’s successor may be foreign.

    “You will want someone who has managed in England and understands English football,” he said. “That doesn’t mean they have to be English.”

  • 2 carl // Jun 19, 2016 at 12:13 PM

    You are not in either my thoughtful column or the embittered nutter column. You need to take a representative snapshot of the ordinary reader or poster. My view is that I am grateful for responses from those who know more and understand better. Anonymity brings out many contributors unpleasant side. I personally do prefer to praise quality in my responses rather than get engaged in tit- for – tat posts which are rarely worth reading. I confess to turning to certain posters and don’t waste my time on those I view as rarely worth reading. I ‘m painfully aware sometimes of myself producing posts that answers to this description but not for the reasons you mention.

    I thought you’d got out of the cycle of multiples and were all together making a more likeable readable contribution once more. You don’t need voluminous content to make your point and your humour and cutting wit can transcend what can be the plain dull and boring reading of so many. It’s an opinion. To paraphrase, your contribution doesn’t need a , “back by popular demand”.
    Until the next time.

    Bobby b
    Sorry to have missed you. Nobody can denounce your passion for NUFC. Let’s hope Adam A’s injury has been overstated.

  • 3 Mister Tuff // Jun 19, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    Bobby Bee – no mischief making from me – clearly you have not been driven from the blog – otherwise you would not be posting – seems an innocent observation.

  • 4 Bobbybee // Jun 19, 2016 at 12:20 PM

    Jimmy, i love gini the footballer. He would smash the Championship wide open and be better the following season. I’d love to keep him because we haven’t seen the best of him yet. My problem is we don’t need players here who aren’t committed. Totally committed. If Rafa can persuade him to stay, then i’d keep him, but only if it’s what gini wants. Keeping players against their will always ends in tears and can be disasterous for the squad.

  • 5 Rotonda heights // Jun 19, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    carl / ian

    I think you neeed to check your meds again. I guess you’re rather tediously on the wind up. Again please find one bit of evidence where it says I was ever pro SM.

    I never ever wanted the seriously underwhelming SM. I, like a lot of others thought it could be marginally better than AP and JC, but it wasn’t. I wanted a footballing manager a la De Boer, Pochetinno and yes at the time, before he went to Everton, Martinez.

    Carl / Ian when you get lost in thought, do you feel like a stranger there?

  • 6 Bobbybee // Jun 19, 2016 at 12:27 PM

    Carl, this is Arma’s first proper injury, so he’s done well to get this far. All players get injuries, because physiology tells us that the human body isn’t really designed to play football – hence the number of knee injuries. 😉 To be fair, I haven’t heard exactly how bad it is – just that he’s injured. He’ll recover and be back to his goalscoring best before we know it. 😉

  • 7 jimmysmith // Jun 19, 2016 at 12:27 PM

    This is a really good chance to also promote from within. These more peripheral squad members aren’t near as significant in the Championship. If we get even one who kicks on it’ll be worth it. Give me an Armstrong, Reece Oxford, Sterry et al over a McCormack any day. We’ve still got Cisse and Mitrovic. Jesus, 90% of Championship clubs would bite your hand off for Gouffran and Rivierre.

  • 8 The next Mike Williamson // Jun 19, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    I prefer the old idea of giving the england job to negative managers who enjoyed their success in Italy in the early 90s. The fa don’t seem to have noticed football has moved on since 1990 or that the english way is the opposite of the Italian way. hope the next guy plays attacking football.

  • 9 Bobbybee // Jun 19, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Jimmy, i don’t think the McCormack story has legs. Rafa is looking to improve players because, as he says, getting ready made PL players will be difficult in the Championship. I think he’s looking to promote from within and bring in players he deems as having the potential to go all the way. We’ve already seen that he can improve a squad dramatically by just better coaching. Callum Roberts might get his chance this season, along with Mbabu, Sterry etc.

  • 10 jimmysmith // Jun 19, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    I’d even bring Sammy Ameobi back in for one last throw of the dice. Very interesting player, and it’s the Championship, not the EPL, we can afford to experiment a little. I’d take Abeid back in the Championship under Benitez. But not Vuckic. Too slow. The recruiting begins in ernest once you are back. You don’t want to commit to a relatively costly player now, that you can’t shift in a year. Where’s the need for that, with the players we already have.

  • 11 jimmysmith // Jun 19, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    Yeah I agree Bobby, seems very unlikely. It still unnerves me a little though. McCormack isn’t any sort of Jamie Vardy. I’m pretty sure of that.

  • 12 Bobbybee // Jun 19, 2016 at 12:52 PM

    The price quoted for McCormack is risible. Never been tried in the big league and you have to wonder why. We would be paying 15m for one season, when we have players younger and with better futures. I’d be very surprised if Rafa is even interested. Most of the rumours we’ll hear will carry no substance and with Rafa refusing to even say how much he has to spend for fear of alerting other clubs, I can’t believe he’ll allow his transfer targets to be in the public domain. The first we’re likely to hear will be when Rafa introduces the player to the press, signed sealed and delivered.

  • 13 expatmag // Jun 19, 2016 at 12:55 PM


    The likes of Ameobi Vukic and Bigi need to moved on. Most of the time, they benchwarmed at he likes of Cardiff Wifan and Cofentry. Hardly a glowing indictment of their abilities.

  • 14 Bobbybee // Jun 19, 2016 at 1:02 PM

    Jimmy, i think it would too much of a gamble. He might score goals and get us promoted – then again he might not. Either way, if he can’t cut it in the PL he’ll have been found out big style and we’ll be stuck with him. 30 ain’t potential any more, it’s a big gamble. At his age, 5m would be reasonable, but Fulham would rather keep him at that price. We could still use another striker with experience, just one who can carry it into the PL. Finding such players won’t be easy, so as Rafa says, he’s better off improving players with potential. Then again, this is Rafa and he has pulling power, so he might surprise us with who he can attract. Keegan did it after all.

  • 15 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    “carl” – I find the multiple thing tedious, I’m more concerned with how your latest iteration looks, doings and walks like a duck I. That you like to intersperse your “knowledgeable repartee” with the same mischievous pokes at bloggers being driven off, “know nowts” plaguing the blog, and your singling out bloggers for praise in order to draw distinctive camps of valued poster versus blog nuisance.

    I’d be perfectly happy if you stuck to your football appraisals without all the other snide crap that’s all.

  • 16 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2016 at 1:18 PM

    Hmm. Autocorrect makes even less sense than usual.

    ‘..looks, sounds and walks like a duck’ that was supposed to be.

  • 17 Belfast // Jun 19, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    Neither thoughtful or a nutter ? That’s a great endorsement. 🙂

  • 18 Belfast // Jun 19, 2016 at 1:23 PM

    Yer not very thoughtful and not very nuts.

  • 19 Belfast // Jun 19, 2016 at 1:26 PM

    Yer basically a more sensible version of Kets.

  • 20 Belfast // Jun 19, 2016 at 1:34 PM

    Hows tricks anyway ? are you surviving ? 🙂

  • 21 carl // Jun 19, 2016 at 1:35 PM

    Tsunki wouldn’t be in this state if he had only listened to you. I can understand the benefits of going solo but you kept his feet on the ground. Was it just because you were getting more laughs?

    The nowt comment stemmed from yoyo who was on a journey to find a causal link where one doesn’t exist. As a long time reader you do get a distinct and clear view of what’s afoot. My comment on Bobby was valid. I look for his posts and they were missing post ……..
    I signed up to the Spoof charter and despite provocation have stuck to it. You believe what you like but that’s my version. Just stop sounding like the clapped out repetitive so who are the mischief makers.
    Having said that I guess that if you don’t speak with a forked tongue that Belfast is a blog legend.
    Just lighten up or before you know it you’ll find yourself in the hapless comedy gold club.

  • 22 Bobbybee // Jun 19, 2016 at 1:40 PM

    A bit of harmless fun. Who do you think our first game will be against? Personally I think we’ll get one of the promoted clubs, so I’m going with Wigan, despite them being the team we were paired with in the dodgy fixture list. Many a true word etc…

  • 23 Belfast // Jun 19, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    That 15 million could maybe get you 25 goals and promotion though which = 170 million odds. It’s a gamble but it could pay off. I think if you sold someone for 15 million odds and then bought him for 15 million it wouldn’t be that bad a move for us.

    Remember last summer people complaining about Andre Grays price tag.

  • 24 expatmag // Jun 19, 2016 at 1:43 PM


    Leeds away

  • 25 Bobbybee // Jun 19, 2016 at 1:46 PM

    Belfast, my problem is his age. He’ll be 30 if we get promoted first time of asking and that’s too much for a Championship player of that age. If signing him guaranteed promotion it would be a price worth paying, but we can do better with that outlay. Just opinion of course, but i’d be surprised if Rafa has him in mind.

  • 26 expatmag // Jun 19, 2016 at 1:46 PM

    Dont laugh at this but what about Peter Crouch for a season in the championship?

    We could get him on the cheap and would guarantee goals. Has llayed for Benitez before and can still do a job.

  • 27 Bobbybee // Jun 19, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Expat, sounds tasty marra! 😉

  • 28 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2016 at 1:50 PM

    Hang on, wasn’t it Ian Toon who made up that puerile “double act split up” scenario? Have you tripped over your own shoelace there, Ian. Better go back and check.

    While we are on appraisals, which I didn’t ask for btw, how would you be evaluated “c”arl? I think I might put you into the clique of self-elevated snobbery which suggests that the blog requires a level of approved football knowledge or fitness as a “proper” supporter before interaction is approved. And you have appointed yourself as one of the adjudicators have you, Ian? Tsk tsk.

  • 29 Belfast // Jun 19, 2016 at 1:51 PM


    Skunki was always doomed when we parted ways. It was all my material. I knew once he had too get his own material he would come unstuck.

    His blog rating has plummeted and if Ed ever creates a like button it’s brexit or I mean blogzit for skunki.

  • 30 Bobbybee // Jun 19, 2016 at 1:53 PM

    Belfast, the Andre Gray thing can’t really be compared. Gray offers a lot for the future and is full of potential. Well worth the money imo.

  • 31 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2016 at 1:54 PM

    On topic anyway… how surprising that the club would develop a box-to-box midfielder by utilising him mainly as a DM in a level of football where the teams are not required to fight to retain league status for any more reason than simply competing. A shock for this to happen at NUFC. Not.

    What could the emergency be that requires development to be demoted to expediency?

  • 32 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    Belfast – when did I have a blog rating? I must have missed that.

  • 33 Jib // Jun 19, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    Burton on Trent is nice in August

  • 34 Belfast // Jun 19, 2016 at 1:57 PM

    Aye Grays a better player but people where giving off about the fee for a “championship player” who had never played in the top flight.

  • 35 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2016 at 1:58 PM

    Ed would never create a like button. If he did the blog would be a visual illustration of the physics of a gravitational singularity, a black hole if you like.

    For the layman, the blog would vanish up it’s own a**e.

  • 36 Belfast // Jun 19, 2016 at 1:59 PM

    You where always a solid 8 Skunki but that was yer ceiling. Ed does the ratings not me. 🙂

  • 37 Bobbybee // Jun 19, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    Jib, aye, take your fishing tackle and make a full weekend of it. Good fishing in the Trent in August I hear. 😉

  • 38 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    Oh and Belfast @29 – small “c” or he won’t recognise you. 🙂

  • 39 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    I hit 8 and wasn’t informed? Hmm.

  • 40 Bobbybee // Jun 19, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Belfast, right, get you now. Still think Gray was worth it, because of his great potential whereas McCormack is nearer to the end than the beginning! 😉

  • 41 Belfast // Jun 19, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Don’t worry it would ensure my blog death as well as yours. We could maybe become guests writers for the nufc digest if he’d have us.

  • 42 carl // Jun 19, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    The secret is in the comment about being a reader, long term.
    Sorry but we all take a view of whom is saying what and the content is often forgotten. Just as you ‘re more inclined to accept transgressions from those you favour.
    You might have a point. However I remain a fan of you both. Sorry if I am being divisive it’s more a question of who’s view you buy into for me.
    Incidentally your biggest fan is away on work experience which any long term reader could tell you.

    These two are friendly it’s the Dick Dastardly, comedy Gold types that are abusive and offensive.

  • 43 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    OK I’m not being critical here but player transfer speculation at this stage should focus on the outgoings. Until we definitely know who is being replaced and what level Benitez is aiming at for purchases it’s a waste of time. Assuming we will be harvesting the championship downwards is a vain pursuit right now. Not that I decry wish lists, just saying we are stuck in doldrums right now whether we like it or not.

  • 44 Bobbybee // Jun 19, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Vardy has turned Arsenal down! Breaking news. 😉

  • 45 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2016 at 2:09 PM

    Belfast @41 – like a poor man’s Saint & Greavesie? Hmm, I will drop Rob a line I hope his stem cell therapy and spine brace removal are completed by now….

  • 46 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2016 at 2:10 PM

    Really Bobbybee? I hope it’s because he’s staying put at Leicester and not jacking his price up.

  • 47 Tsunki // Jun 19, 2016 at 2:13 PM

    Call @42 you lying get. Just behave, stop chirping and stick to the footy chat, leave the old scores behind. I quite happy to stay in this corner if you stay in yours

  • 48 Bobbybee // Jun 19, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Tsunki, just heard it on talksport and it came directly from Arsene Wenger. He was asked about it on French tv and said Vardy will be staying at Leicester and not moving to Arsenal. I suppose he would know like! 😉

  • 49 Jib // Jun 19, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    Watford have turned down £25 million for Troy Deeney !
    He’s 27 years old and has PL goals – are they mad !

  • 50 carl // Jun 19, 2016 at 2:23 PM


    @ 29. Just seen it. Some people lack imagination but not you. Big hit but still undecided on how to vote. More humour in that.

  • 51 carl // Jun 19, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    NUFC digest- ha ha. I have a mental list of those @ the Mag who said he would never sign up.

  • 52 Jib // Jun 19, 2016 at 2:25 PM

    13 PL goals

  • 53 carl // Jun 19, 2016 at 2:33 PM

    To complete my education, as a long term reader. Who is the bald failed fanzine editor ?

  • 54 Jib // Jun 19, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    If I used the word failed it was a mistake.

  • 55 Jib // Jun 19, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    Checked back.
    Nope , never said failed

  • 56 carl // Jun 19, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    Fair enough.

    One thing Roy Hodgson needs to pay attention to over the next few days is England’s fitness levels. The players weren’t nearly quick enough to engulf Daniel Sturridge before he started doing his irritating dance.

  • 57 Bobbybee // Jun 19, 2016 at 3:01 PM

    You’d think with all that money, Sturridge could employ a dance teacher. First Crouch, now Sturridge. Better footballers than dancers – which wouldn’t be hard when you look at their dancing skills. 😉

  • 58 Jib // Jun 19, 2016 at 3:16 PM

    Lee Ryder in the Ronnie Gill

    Rafa Benitez orders biggest shake-up in years at Newcastle United’s Academy

    Benitez wants to see results from club’s youth and reserve team structure after slow progress in recent years

    Rafa Benitez is ready to give Newcastle United’s reserve and Academy structure its biggest shake-up in years ahead of his extended stay at St James’ Park.

    Benitez scrapped plans for a summer holiday this year after signing his three-year deal with Newcastle insisting: “There’s work to be done”, and the morning after being unveiled as Newcastle boss he was at the club’s Academy to start laying the foundations for the future.

    Benitez has been working closely with Academy chief Joe Joyce and managing director Lee Charnley in recent weeks as he plots a brighter era for the Magpies following the last few seasons in the doldrums.

    The Spaniard wants to see an increase in youth team graduates and is keen to improve Newcastle’s relations at the grassroots level as he looks to hoover up talent within United’s North-East catchment area.

    United also want to make sure they have eyes and ears on the region’s non-league circuit too with Leicester City and England star Jamie Vardy’s breathtaking season for club and country proving that no stone can be left unturned in modern football.

    Newcastle’s recent record of players working their way up from the club’s youth ranks to first team level is deemed as an area where there is plenty of room for improvement.

    Benitez made a major adjustment at the end of last season when he moved the club’s Under-21 squad out of the first team base and back down to the Academy building in Little Benton.

    The former Real Madrid manager felt that the first team training area was too crowded and the overload of players in the senior team’s facilities was affecting the focus of his squad and results on the field.

    But Newcastle want players to earn the right to train at the first team base and want to make sure youngsters don’t feel they have “made it” before they’ve even kicked a ball at senior level.

    The reality is that Newcastle is a club that has been crying out for change in recent years with a host of players signing professional deals without progressing in the first team and being moved on.

    The last time the Magpies were relegated former reserve team coach Alan Thompson hit out at the club’s youngsters after they’d meekly surrendered in a friendly against Leeds, losing 5-1.

    Back then he said: “They are pushing for a level where they want to be but they will be playing against men this season.

    “If you don’t face up to that you will lose 5-1, like we did against Leeds.

    “If they learn from it, then great, but if they don’t and they get back into their BMWs and think they are Newcastle United footballers, then good luck to them.

    “They might think they’re professional footballers now, at 19 or 20 years old, but if they want to make a long career from the game they’re going to have to get used to coming up against players like that and be able to handle it.”

  • 59 Jib // Jun 19, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    Shooting in Chattanooga Tennessee

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