Sean Longstaff looked a decent player when he came on for Newcastle at Liverpool, and he’s likely to get more outings for Newcastle through the end of January.
With Ki away playing for South Korea in the Asian Cup and Jonjo Shelvey still not fully fit, he could get more playing time.
It’s almost certain Sean will start a week tomorrow in the 3rd round of the FA Cup at home to Blackburn Rovers.
Sean Longstaff in action at Liverpool
This is some of what Sean said about his debut for his hometown club – when he replaced Kenedy in the 73rd minute – as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“It’s a bittersweet day again, a bit like the Carabao Cup game,”
“Obviously, we’ve got to do a better job of sticking in games when it does go 2-0 and do a better job of getting back in.”
“We probably made it a bit too easy for them at that point, but for me to be able to come on play in one of the most iconic stadiums in the world – it’s unbelievable.”
“I’m a bit lost for words. “I’m over the moon, but, a bit like the cup game, it’s a bittersweet day.”
“I don’t know to be honest – I can remember – but I just know when the manager called us your stomach drops a little bit.”
“You get a few butterflies. But, you know, coming on at 2-0 down, like the manager said to me – there’s no pressure on me.”
“You get to make your debut once. He just said to go and enjoy it. I tried to do that, obviously.”
“It didn’t help that they scored a couple more goals, but it’s always going to be tough when they’re on top.”
“But it was a good day for me and I’m over the moon for my family who’ve helped us get here and coaches along the way.”
“I heard it (the song) briefly when I came on,”
“It wasn’t until I was in the changing room after that the lads were saying they were chanting ‘if Longstaff scores, we’re on the pitch’.”
“The lads were saying ‘imagine if that chance had went in’. Obviously, it is what it is, and for them to be signing about me – I’ve been there singing about other players.”
“It’s an unbelievable day ruined a little bit by the scoreline.”
“In 10 or 20 years time, no-one’s going to remember that we got beat 4-0. I’ll remember making my debut.”
“It’s a great day.”
Newcastle fans chanted “Sean Longstaff, he’s one of our own” once he was on the field.
It will be good to see Sean get more playing time in the first team – especially if Jonjo Shelvey is out any longer with that thigh strain of his.