Big Opportunity For This Newcastle Youngster


The Chronicle (Lee Ryder) are reporting that Newcastle United have postponed Sean Longstaff’s loan move to Portsmouth.

The 20-year-old Newcastle-born player had an excellent game in the friendly against St Patrick Athletic, and it seems Rafa wants to keep him on Tyneside to further evaluate the youngster.

So for the next two weeks, Sean will remain part of the first team squad.

Sean Longstaff – on loan at Blackpool last season

He will no doubt get every opportunity in the upcoming friendly games to put in a claim that he should be part of the first team squad this summer.

Even if he’s still allowed to go out on loan next season, this is a good omen for the midfielder because he’s caught Rafa’s eye as a potential first team player of the future.

And it’s about time we had some young local lads coming through the ranks at the club.

Rafa is keen to increase the standards at both U18 and U23 levels, and it’s vital that Newcastle start to bring youngsters through the ranks to the first team.

So Sean gets a big chance in the next two weeks – we hope he can take the opportunity.

Sean had a good spell on loan at Blackpool last season, and his brother Matthew is also on Newcastle’s books.

Sean played 45 times for Blackpool with 9 goals and the season before that he was at Kilmarnock from January of last year and made 13 appearances with 3 goals.

He scored for Newcastle in our 2-0 win against St, Patrick’s Athletic and looked a good player.

Comments welcome.


56 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 19, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #1

    @Posada

    I suppose what if Ashley said to Rafa ” I want out if you can just steady the ship this season , Stavely and Co will take over next season 100% guaranteed” do we think Rafa would accept that?

    Would everyone on here be happy with that if it was 100% guaranteed !?

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 19, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #2

    Lee charnley

    There’s a lot of ifs and buts in that theory mate.The bottom line is we are at risk of another relegation which I don’t see how any fan can see as being acceptable.
    Rafa only wants the best for the club and fans,So if he’s as honest as we hope Rafa is I don’t see him throwing a massive lie out to the fans do you really?

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  • Jib

    Jul 19, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #3

    It would be tremendous if this was the
    breakout season for the two Geordie
    strikers – Longstaff and Armstrong

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 19, 2018 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #4

    @JazzyP

    The other theory is Rafa is just being professional and has had enough of Ashleys ways and is just doing the final year…….

    My worry is if we go into the season with a poor window and Rafa still not signed a new contract and no communication comes from Ashley about what is happening or where the money has went the atmosphere could turn sour very quickly if we take a few beatings in the first 8 games (especially on paper the only team we are currently better than are Cardiff!!

    Although would be amazing if all of a sudden in the next week or so 3 or 4 players get signed

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #5

    @Jib

    I would like to see both of them stay here they both could offer something different to the squad and don’t take up a place in the 25 man places?

    Armstrong could benefit from maybe being Perez backup or getting a shot at striker every once in a while

    Longstaff offers something totally different a goal threat from midfield very useful as a sub to come on if we are chasing a goal

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  • simon376

    Jul 19, 2018 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #6

    Now on radio 2 news drop from £282m to £78m of profits for sports direct, let’s hope he just gets out to get some cash back

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  • Nufc 4ever

    Jul 19, 2018 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #7

    Here we go again no players in for good money 4 million spent . We can not keep making a silk purse out of a sows ear. Ashley will never change wont spend nothing new there.
    He will never get rid of the fans we are here for life he isnt. Why run something you dont get any pleasure from a fan would be estatic. Does he do it for money yes because he doesent spend to improve the team. Its said we are trying in the cups this year how can we if the players are not good enough.
    Please sell asap and do this great club a favour you are hated in this city

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  • barkel

    Jul 19, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #8

    Good news that he’s being kept for at least pre season, himself and yarney were probably the two best players against st. pats.
    I was well impressed with his finishing during the warm up, he was the only one to consistently hit the target

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  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 19, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #9

    According to the Shields Gaxette, Mitro is heading out on loan to Fenerbahce!

    Well that would be a turn up for the books!

    Newcastle United have ‘agreed’ to loan Aleksandar Mitrovic to Turkish side Fenerbahce, according to Turkish media. Despite reports from London yesterday suggesting that the Serbian striker was set for a permanent move to Fulham, sources in Turkey believe that Mitrovic is instead set to join the Super Lig giants on a season-long loan (SporX) Meanwhile, Benitez is reportedly set to rekindle his interest in Liverpool striker Divock Origi – but is eyeing a permanent deal as opposed to a loan switch (Anfield HQ)

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jul 19, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #10

    I don’t trust anything from the Turkish media it’s like trusting the sun or the daily star. Worthless.

    If rafa can get a striker or 2 in I’d give us every chance of doing ok but without really improving which won’t be what rafa wants. However a sale has to be done or we are NEVER moving forward under the chubby chunderer.

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jul 19, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #11

    Origi and gabiaddini and I’d be happy.

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  • G

    Jul 19, 2018 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #12

    Off topic, but worth a read… if a little depressing:

    https://www.football365.com/news/newcastle-the-club-where-tomorrow-never-comes

    If only it wasn’t all true.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 19, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #13

    For the ‘selling the club’ theory to be true Iwould expect MA to take all the Sky money up to the New Year as payment on his loan. Before selling for between £300-350m prior to the next transfer window. But i am still not sure that anyone would purchase, especially if MA still kept some type of intetest in the advertising and merchandising of the club.

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  • RobLeenio

    Jul 19, 2018 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #14

    Does anyone know how young Longstaff does from set pieces, specifically from direct free kicks? We’ve been lacking someone to regularly score from free kicks from just around the box since Robert.

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  • awaydays

    Jul 19, 2018 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #15

    Isn’t bakary sako from palace a free agent now ?? Fast and would be worth looking at even if its to come off the bench

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 19, 2018 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #17

    a loan move would be strange at first glance. but if they’re offering a £5-7m loan fee and Fulham are offering £20m over 4 years then maybe it works out we’re getting more money. it’s difficult to tell these days. what would he be worth if he scored 30-40 goals in Turkey? also we’re not providing the missing link for one of our rivals. and Mitro won’t be used as a stick to beat Rafa & Rondon with if he scores 20 for Fulham keeping them up while Rondon (or whoever) bags 6 or 7 and we potentially go down.

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  • count

    Jul 19, 2018 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #18

    simon376
    Jul 19, 2018 at 10:04 AM
    Comment #6
    Now on radio 2 news drop from £282m to £78m of profits for sports direct, let’s hope he just gets out to get some cash back

    He just bought a huge share in debenhams, therefore profits aren’t as big this year. What do you mean cash back? He hasn’t lost any!! He’s acquired an asset, not lost anything. It’s lack of a basic grasp on finances that make a lot of “anti-ashley” opinion sound like the ramblings of a drunken horse.

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 19, 2018 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #19

    I don’t rate him, but Bafetemi Gomis has been prolific in Turkey and France since he left Swansea. If we’re absolutely determined to buy a player who can hold up the ball then he seems as good as any of the others we’ve been linked with. He’s not necessarily old for a target man, not relying on pace.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Jul 19, 2018 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #20

    Two contract offers to manager Rafa Benitez this summer, but neither has been accepted.

    The Newcastle Chronicle say Benitez has turned down a five-year deal and a one-year extension.

    He apparently wants “solid pledges on recruitment and wants to make changes to the Academy and Under-23 set-up”.

    It is also reported that Benitez has told the club he can see himself staying for 10 years if the conditions are right, but “an acceptable blueprint is yet to come his way”.

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  • RobLeenio

    Jul 19, 2018 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #21

    “I read your newspapers and I know that the fans are clever; our fans, they understand the situation.” – From Rafa in the Chronicle interview as reported by NUFC.com

    He’s obviously referring to the comments section – I wonder if he reads the blogs too?

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  • runheed

    Jul 19, 2018 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #22

    100% guaranteed you say… hahahahaha…..fantasy island mate. We are truly living in strange and desperate times. I fear that any guarantee from Ashley carries as much weight a truth from Trump, utterly worthless. Lying is pretty much standard business practice these days.

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  • Jib

    Jul 19, 2018 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #23

    Count
    It’s lack of a basic grasp on finances that make
    a lot of “anti-ashley” opinion sound like the
    ramblings of a drunken horse.

    ha ha ha
    hear hear hear

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  • Jib

    Jul 19, 2018 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #24

    whoops an extra “hear”

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 19, 2018 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #25

    i think he only owns half of sports direct now, so if there was a 78m loss it’s £40m less on his net worth which is now up to aprox $6bn which is less than 1%. we went through this some other year when SD took a dip, but his value has moved up a lot overall since then. these billionaires expect daily ups and downs. i wouldn’t count on his empire crumbling any time soon. interestingly, i’ve started to see Debenhams popping up in China which i thought was strange. i forgot he had shares in that company.

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  • simon376

    Jul 19, 2018 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #26

    Count, Jib I’m talking about the report on the radio about the sports direct share price dropping

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 19, 2018 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #27

    he’s mentioned reading the comments before. most likely the chronicle as he will probably check it everyday anyway. he’s probably sick of some of the b*ll*nds on there.

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  • DaveD1000

    Jul 19, 2018 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #28

    Simon 26
    SP drops he buys em cheap. SP goes up. He has made money.

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  • simon376

    Jul 19, 2018 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #29

    No doubt the price will go up and only a temporary thing, as much as I can’t stand what he’s done to Newcastle he is a very successful business man

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  • DaveD1000

    Jul 19, 2018 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #30

    he has recently bought a Hockey supplier out of admin for around 220k. He will cover that easily from todays drop.

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  • count

    Jul 19, 2018 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #31

    What part of what I said don’t you understand? SD didn’t make a loss, just invested a large part of its massive profits. A drop in profits doesn’t equate to a loss, especially when the company has increased its assets whilst STILL turning a profit.

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  • simon376

    Jul 19, 2018 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #32

    Sorry count I shouldn’t be listening to the news on radio 2, obviously they get it wrong, I should just turn to people on the blog for more up to date real and correct news

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  • count

    Jul 19, 2018 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #33

    Are you real? Jesus

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  • simon376

    Jul 19, 2018 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #34

    Well when you are commenting on people saying what was on a news report on bbc but they are wrong, I’m sorry

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 19, 2018 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #35

    From Nufc.com
    ”What has to be questioned though is just why Rafa has gone on the record again – and was allowed to do so – in the knowledge that his latest quotes would stir up fans and Ashley accomplices alike.

    Seeking a confrontation, playing to the gallery or simply reaching the end of his tether – take your pick”

    I don’t understand that bit ”and was allowed to do so”. Allowed by whom? Can they place a gagging order on him, or one of Barnes or Bishops thugs dive over the desk and cut him off, a strange statement.

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  • Jib

    Jul 19, 2018 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #36

    Rafa won’t be put off by anything said by Geordies
    Some of the vile stuff that a section of the Real Madrid
    support fired his way is way worse than anything that
    has been said by anyone on Tyneside

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  • count

    Jul 19, 2018 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #37

    I’m not saying the BBC were wrong, I’m saying you have misunderstood the situation.

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  • count

    Jul 19, 2018 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #38

    I wonder how many SD shareholders are reacting the same way as Simon to this news and selling their shares to Ashley for cheap even though the company has more assets than ever…

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 19, 2018 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #39

    Jiblets,
    It looks like he’s going to be put off a lot more by what isn’t being said by people from Walsall and Lancashire.

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  • RobLeenio

    Jul 19, 2018 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #40

    There’s a good piece here on the BBC News website, which suggests that losses have been incurred by Sports Direct due to a fall in value of Debenhams shares. This essentially led to Sports Direct shares themselves dropping by around 11% this morning, but they have been recovering since.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44882971

    Ashley himself won’t have lost any money directly from this, although his net worth on paper will have dropped with the fall in Sports Direct shares (slightly). In reality, it gives him the opportunity to buy up more SD shares at a lower price and this could in part explain the share value bouncing back so quickly. In the long run, it won’t hurt him as Debenhams represents only a small (but significant) part of the Sports Direct portfolio.

    At least this is how I read it. I hope it’s a more balanced response than some have been – no need for nastiness, just an explanation.

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