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.