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.
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.