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Rafa Praises Impressive Newcastle Youngster – He Played Really Well

The youngster who has impressed in preseason so far is midfielder Sean Longstaff, and he played the whole game last Tuesday night at Hull City.

He had a good loan spell at Blackpool last season where he played 45 games and scored 9 goals and had 6 assists.

His scheduled loan move to Portsmouth has been delayed so that Rafa could have a closer look at the player and we expect Sean to be in the squad that travels to Portugal today to play two friendlies.

Sean Longstaff – in action against Hull

It’s going to be interesting to see what Rafa does with the 20-year-old local lad and whether he thinks he is ready to fight for his place next season at Newcastle.

This is what Rafa has said about Longstaff:

“I think he’s done well. He did well in the first game and physically he’s fine.”

“We don’t have 22 or 23 players that we can replace in a friendly.”

“At Hull, we had to give 60 minutes to some players but you can’t play all of them.”

“In this case, Sean has a good condition and he got to play 90 minutes and he played really well.”

“We want to give young players an opportunity.”

“I think because of the number of players we’ve had they (youngsters) have to be there.”

“You need numbers, experience, and quality.”

One of the things Rafa wants to do if he stays long-term at Newcastle is to bring the youngsters through to the first team.

He wants better quality youngsters brought in who can then be coached to bring out their full potential on Tyneside.

We have not been very good at that over the last eleven years but with Rafa in charge – anything is possible.

Comments welcome.

55 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 27, 2018 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #1

    We should keep him till January as he offers a goal threat which a lot of our midfielders don’t!

  • Jib

    Jul 27, 2018 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #2

    It looks like Dubai Micky was right
    Chi Onwurah is cynically using fans
    discontent with things at SJP to help
    her own political career.
    She delayed delivering IRGWG’s petition
    to the House of Commons until Tuesday
    Guess what ?
    Parliament’s long Summer recess started on Tuesday
    The MPs don’t return to consider the petition
    until NUFC have played
    Man City

    She’s just playing to the crowd
    (she’s not the only MP to do that mind)

  • TyneMouth

    Jul 27, 2018 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #3

    RH previous post.

    It was not my intention to ‘belittle’ IRGWG, far from it. My post addressed the contradictory nature of Nick’s post.

    I will support any group of fans who’s intention is to benefit NUFC.

    However, any reservations I have, regarding IRGWG, are simply that such a manifesto can only be achieved after the damage has been done.

    It is imperative that we hang on to Rafa. Even, dare I say it, at the cost of having Ashley as our owner.

    Rafa, with absolutely no help from Ashley, is putting together a squad for next season, that appears to be an improvement on last year’s squad. At all costs we must keep Rafa!

    ‘If Rafa goes’ doesn’t bear thinking about…

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 27, 2018 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #4


    She delayed delivering IRGWG’s petition
    to the House of Commons until Tuesday

    Can you give us a source for that assertion?

  • TyneMouth

    Jul 27, 2018 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #5

    Ron… Beat me to it!

    Don’t hold your breath…

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 27, 2018 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #6

    NUFC Gallowgate
    NUFC Gallowgate
    #NUFC linked to Boca Midfielder Nahitan Nández

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 27, 2018 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #7


    She tweeted this on 24 July:

    chi onwurah@ChiOnwurah

    As an MP I can present petitions to Parliament, but they have to follow a specific format and use certain language, which the #ifrafagoeswego didnt.
    Parliament rises today so the Petition had to be submitted by Monday if was to be raised before the transfer window closed.

  • TyneMouth

    Jul 27, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #8

    Ron @ #7

    Jib’s source was possibly the Dubai edition of the Daily Heil…

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 27, 2018 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #9

    Give her a bell Jiblets, you’ve got her on speed dial have you not?

  • Jib

    Jul 27, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #10

    Really convenient timing for her

    If Rafa signs a new contract
    IFGWG becomes redundant
    The petition is quietly dropped
    and Chi slips away in the night

    If there is still controversy mid September

    Chi will strike down upon MA with great
    vengeance and furious anger
    (apologies to Quentin Tarantino)

    Politicians eh?
    The name of the game is survival I guess

  • posada

    Jul 27, 2018 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #11

    Go where.
    Don’t threaten what your not prepared to do.

    A few days ago some were having a go at me as I said I would not give up my season ticket.
    Reading the blog of late it seems many who are pushing for this don’t actually have season tickets.
    Dead easy to give up something you don’t actually have in the first place.

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 27, 2018 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #12


    I don’t see where her survival as a politician comes into it. She’s not the Maybot.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 27, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #13

    of course she is just playing for votes. nobody in their right mind, least not a politician, would think parliament would act on this petition. there aren’t any laws saying an owner of a company must spend all profits or his own money on a football club or must not employ incompetetent managers or get relegated. if ever a club could have complained to the gvt it was blackpool or the old wimbledon. last time i checked we aren’t even doing that bad. this makes us look like we’re spitting the dummy out big time.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 27, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #14

    a lot of politicians like to be snapped supporting the local club showing they have link to the common man. and it will increase votes, not that she’ll need them all that much belonging to labour in the NE.

  • Jib

    Jul 27, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #15

    Friday 8 am
    but she couldn’t manage the following Tuesday
    gimme a break

  • lesh

    Jul 27, 2018 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #16


    Give your sniping a rest or go back to Hull as you claim your were when the blog was reasonably trouble free. Judging by your performance today, you’ve more likely been in a drunken stupor and now suffering from the effects of your binge

    Have some more time off and sober up!

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 27, 2018 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #17

    we should have at least waited until the window closed. imagine how silly we’ll look if we spend decent money? i know that is unlikely but waiting two weeks wouldnt have harmed anyone.

  • Jib

    Jul 27, 2018 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #18

    it seems many who are pushing for this don’t actually have season tickets.

    quit right
    IRGWG seems to have bottomed out at 14K followers

    half will mackems having a larf
    then there’ll be your serial joiners
    fans of other clubs
    some of Onwurah party helpers

    and Lesh and his boyfriend

  • Jib

    Jul 27, 2018 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #19

    quit = quite

  • Pottsclock

    Jul 27, 2018 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #20

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I’d like my MP focusing of poverty, NHS investment, jobs, Brexit, education, inequality, wars and and bunch of other before starting to spend time on NUFC. Much as I love NUFC, it is a complete and utter waste of an MP’s time.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 27, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #21

    Jib et al…the wrost thing on here is when “banter/humour” is a feeble excuse from cowards who know they’re not joking!

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 27, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #22

    It is not just the transfer budget that will keep Rafa at NUFC, he also wants improvements to be obligated for the Training Facility and the Academy. As far as i am aware the majority of PL clubs have taken these steps using the increased revenue available, even Burnley have spent £20m (from memory). To accuse #rafagoeswego and the local MP of only being concerned with transfer spending or promoting their own image is not only derogatory to them but Rafa and all NUFC supporters. We have seen the benefit of Rafas experience of connecting with the community and if he were to leave I do not believe the same level of activity would continue, let alone improve.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 27, 2018 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #23

    Pottsclock – see the local Foodbank effotts linked to the club.

  • Dave76

    Jul 27, 2018 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #24


    I reckon about 2k max would be season ticket holders.

    I dislike ashley and his non intetest in the club but the club is not about ashley for me. It is about time with my boy, getting up on matchday, going to town, talking and predicting the team, getting some food, soaking up the atmosphere, supporting our team and reliving the game and disussing the talking points on the way home, whatever ashley or any other owner does they cant take that away from me.

    I am not bothered about player values we sign as long as they try and sweat blood for our club (not Ashleys club, he will be gone one day)

    We have spent big on owen,marcelinos and luques and won f all and had 0 effort give me a 4 million laschelles anyday.

    I would be keen to help get Ashley to sell if there was a way to do it, but will not give up my club. We have a huge worldwide support and seems a number of non match goers want to sit at their keyboards and expect season ticket holders to fight the battle alone. If there is to be a fan fight against ashley it needs to be something all fans can be part of not just the small percentage that attend games

  • posada

    Jul 27, 2018 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #25

    Dave 76
    Exactly. Over recent years it is the one thing I have continued to do with my family.
    Son and nephew.
    I’m too old and not considered cool enough for anything else.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 27, 2018 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #26

    Could you please refrain from calling people cowards without naming names. After all you went on a sustained campaign of letting the blog know how much better it was without me when I was on my short hiatus without naming me directly. That was pretty cowardly and snidey.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 27, 2018 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #27

    Again all the naysayers who trash IRGWG and the MP have nothing to offer as an alternative and are obviously more than happy with current events which could see possibly our best ever manager depart due to the interminably crass and irresponsible way Ashley has run our club for 11 years. Jib is just a parody of himself and the point of him eludes me somewhat.

  • Jib

    Jul 27, 2018 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #28

    Rotonda heights
    the point of loads of stuff eludes you somewhat.

  • hibbit

    Jul 27, 2018 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #29

    what i don’t get is the timing

    Rafa’s still here
    Windows still open
    not a ball kicked in the league
    surely this is the time to show Rafa our support not abandon him we owe him at least that for his loyalty he’s shown to us
    why now ?????????

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 27, 2018 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #30

    Dave 76

    That is exactly why the status quo remains and what Ashley counts on. 52000 undiscerning people who will turn up no matter what and continually wonder why nothing changes.

    Buying tickets, merchandise, etc etc just reinforces the stranglehold Ashley has over the cub.

    When will people get that ”support the team, not the regime” is not mutually exclusive, you can’t do one without doing the other.

    It isn’t supporting Rafa and the team, it’s letting Ashley know he can do what he wants indefinitely.

    Surely missing a couple of games which you could see on the box or in a pub wouldn’t kill anyone but sends a huge message.

    If it’s never been done how can people say it wouldn’t work.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 27, 2018 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #31

    I’ll retract absolutely nothing about that statement…

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 27, 2018 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #32


  • posada

    Jul 27, 2018 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #33

    I don’t think protesting at games has ever worked or ever will.
    If someone wants to organise 5000 flying pickets to Shirebrook then count me in.
    100 coaches on the M1 and some peaceful picketing at Sports Direct HQ.
    Would make news at ten.

    Must wait until end of transfer window when the position is clear.

  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 27, 2018 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #34

    Benny to the Shammers?

    According to Foot365, the new boss of the Hammers, Manuel Pellegrini, is a huge admirer of Ben Arfa and would like to bring him to the London Stadium, as the Irons hope to build on what was a pretty poor campaign last season.

  • Jib

    Jul 27, 2018 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #35

    Rotonda heights
    That is exactly why the status quo remains and what Ashley counts on. 52000 undiscerning people

    You see sometimes the mask slips and one of the regulars reveals
    his contempt of the fans (and probably NUFC – truth to tell)

  • Jib

    Jul 27, 2018 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #36

    They deserve each other
    HBA and the cockernees

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 27, 2018 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #37


    Coming from an apparently rather sad, aging and flouncing wannabe, endlessly looking for self validation and attention, but unsurprisingly never achieving it, I’ll take that as a compliment. That is if you’re still sober at this time of day. Still maintain and I suspect a few will agree that you are, apart from a sometimes interesting google update, pretty much a pointless exercise. You would appear to be simply a hole in the air.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 27, 2018 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #38

    Anyone know how much wages, signing on fee Ben Arfa wants?

  • Jib

    Jul 27, 2018 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #39

    I bet you and Jail would do a lovely harmony of

  • magscar

    Jul 27, 2018 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #40


    A reasonable question –

    When did you last go to SJP


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