Michael Carrick played for Wallsend Boys Club and the England Boys Club team but he ended up at West Ham as a teenager, and he’s another local lad who got away.
That was very similar to Alan Shearer who joined Southampton, although we got Alan back in 1996 but had to pay £15M for him from Blackburn Rovers.
But it was well worth it as the England striker went on to play 405 games with 206 goals for the Magpies.
There’s a piece in the Mail today from their Secret Scout about one of our top young players coming through at Newcastle – 20-year-old Sean Longstaff – and the Scout says Sean reminds him of a young Michael Carrick.
Sean Longstaff – in action for Newcastle first team
Michael has moved into coaching after retiring from playing in the summer, and he is now an assistant to Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.
Here’s a piece from the Mail report:
“This tall passing midfielder has many admirers in the Newcastle ranks but may have to be patient for an opportunity as the club need experienced players if they are to rise up the table.”
“Quite upright, he shows a confidence in his play as he uses his colleagues intelligently with simple, straightforward passes.”
“He never tried anything too difficult — maybe he did not wish to make risky passes for fear of failing — but played well within his characteristics.”
“He rarely got caught in possession in midfield and played slightly deeper than his partner with less emphasis on getting forward.”
“Once, when dwelling on the ball and getting robbed, he reacted and was shown a yellow card.”
“However, he redeemed himself brilliantly minutes later when he took an opportunity to go past an opponent and knowingly induced a foul and a yellow card for an obvious obstruction.”
“I was unsure from this viewing whether he had a change of pace.”
“However, I saw shades of another Geordie, Michael Carrick, who was probably very similar in his early days.”
Michael Carrick was Sean’s age (20) back in the summer of 2001 and Michael had played 50 games for the Hammers with two goals by then.
We hope Sean can make his mark at Newcastle this season, but if he doesn’t get much playing time through the end of the year, then Rafa could send him on loan for the second half of the season.
And Sean will be learning a lot from Rafa Benitez while he remains in the first team squad and he’s eager to improve his game.
If he’s anywhere near Michael Carrick in skill, ability, and application, then Sean will have a fabulous career ahead of him – at Newcastle.