Newcastle-born box-to-box midfielder Sean Longstaff is in form for the Newcastle U-23 team having hit four goals in four days.
Sean hit a hat-trick in the 5-1 rout of Hartlepool on Friday in the Central League Cup and yesterday he scored in the 2-0 U-23 league win over Middlesbrough.
Longstaff has now scored nine goals for Newcastle and the youngster, who turned 19 on Sunday, looks like one to watch in the Development squad.
Sean Longstaff – 19 year-old Newcastle central midfielder
In action at Brighton earlier this season where he scored two goals
Here’s what’s one the Newcastle web-site about the 5ft 11 ins tall Newcastle youngster:
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.
The Newcastle Development manager Peter Beardsley had this to say on the Newcastle web-site on Friday about Sean after his excellent hat-trick against Hartlepool:
“Sean is on a good run at the moment, and that will give him confidence.” “He has a good energy about him, he can run beyond people, and he is always in the box.”
“The more he scores, the better he is going to be. He has eight for the season, but he maybe could have had 12 or 13.”
“I’m probably being a little harsh there, but that’s the reality. He maybe should have had two or three at Fulham on Monday night.”
“The pleasing thing for me – being the type of player that I was – was that he was prepared to pass to Elias late on when he could have scored a fourth himself.”
“Fair play to him for that.”
Newcastle have not been too successful in bringing youngsters through to the first team over the last nine years but we do seem to have some exciting youngsters coming through the ranks and Sean is one of them.
The Youth Academy and the Development squad are two areas that Rafa Benitez has targeted as being very important for the future of the club and we must be able to develop our own youngsters.
Sean bases his game on the way Steven Gerrard plays – so that’s not a bad role model right there – and Rafa knows all about Gerrard.
Steven has said Rafa is the best manager he ever worked with and the Newcastle manager will be watching closely as Sean continues to look the part in the Development squad.
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