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Competition In Central Midfield Heating Up At Newcastle


20-year-old Sean Longstaff has done very well in preseason and is expected to be part of the first team squad at least through the end of this year.

Sean was set to move on loan to Portsmouth in League One, but Rafa stopped that once Sean was impressive in the preseason games.

Mo Diame is in the final year of his three year deal at Newcastle and thinks that Sean is showing up well in training and could well make his full debut for the side in the coming games – maybe next Wednesday night at Nottingham Forest.

Sean Longstaff – looks the part in training

This is what Diame has said in the Journal today:

“Sean is training very well. He is a quality player and we can all see that.”

“He can give good passes and in training he scores lots of goals. He is a good player but he needs to keep working.”

“I think he is in the right hands with Rafa Benitez to do that.”

“We know Ki’s quality he has shown that already. He has played in the Premier League.”

“He will bring competition to the squad and in training everybody has to work hard to compete.”

Mo and Jonjo Shelvey are currently the players in possession in central midfield, but new signing Ki Sung-yueng is pressing hard for a starting place.

Ki can play either as the holding midfielder or the attacking midfielder, and he has real quality and experience in the Premier League.

And we’d love to see Longstaff come through this season as he has the ability and he will be learning all the time from the experienced players at Newcastle in training.

We fully expect Sean to get a start at Nottingham Forest next Wednesday night  – and that will be a huge opportunity for him.

Comments welcome.


131 comments so far

  • Online Guy

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #1

    This afternoon I advised Ashley via his secretary to sell Newcastle United and buy into Hollywood , get into the movie business.

    Cheeky I know.

    On a serious note It seems like Ashley popped out of his Bunker when the IRGWG group and friends targeted SD online with multiple orders.

    Disruption ensued . So more of that might sicken him and bring pressure form shareholders .

    He might be on the edge of selling and pressure from shareholders could tip him over the edge.

    He did not like the disruption of Sports Direct online.

    Not Very often we hear from him but he crawled out of his hole and made a statement ..full of lies . Well done to If Rafa Goes we go groups .

    I could put up with Ashley’s ownership of Newcastle if he was Honest.. but… he is a dishonest Man.

    Can’t have that. Dishonesty is never going to work with decent hard working Geordie’s and supporters world wide.

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  • Online Guy

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #3

    Evening Jib , hope yer well.

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  • Jib

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #4
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #5

    Thought the bus had parked up for the day, suppose we’ll just have to keep reposting till it stops.

    Actually chaps sorry to burst further bubbles but I have it on good info that the non purchasing of players is a collusion (remember that word is is important to the future of the human race) between Big Mike and Rafa to further Rafa’s plans to use more of our youngsters.

    Big Mike (what a guy) is willing to take all of the hits in this “collusion” so as to deflect criticism away from Rafa whilst he implements his “kids can win titles” scheme.
    By the end of this season the U23s team will be the bulk of our 1st team plus Jonjo of course.

    Remember you were told about this “collusion” exercise here first, although I expect that the media will be all over it like a rash claiming credit.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #6

    I wonder if Rafa will change things up this weekend or stick with the same side.

    I’d like to see Ki play, at the same time I’d like Rondon to play and Murphy and Muto…

    Ok I’m asking a bit much but I’d like at least one to get a start, if they’re really competition for the players already with the shirt surely someone deserves a chance now.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Caption for that picture.

    “Right you lot of wet behind the ears kids, me and the guys just want to warn you that if you nick our team spots then it’s the Infirmary for youse”

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #8

    There’ll be no shortage of managers willing to come to Newcastle should Rafa leave, but right enough you’ll only get what you pay for. Ashley is gonna have to spend no matter what, or deal with a seriously pissed off fanbase.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #9

    What’s Moyes up to?

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #10

    Not wanting to leave sage words of wisdom languishing in some ancient thread for “The Langoliers” to gobble up another repost.

    Whether the Earth is flat or round is irrelevant cos our solar system is actually enclosed in a giant globe. The stars are just large lights on the inside of the globe.

    What NASA isn’t telling us is that Voyager is parked up on the inside of this globe cos it can’t go any further.

    The whole of Suns planetary system has been created by a super intelligent computer geek, we are all just Rimmer type holograms and yes the Moon is one also.

    Sorry if this info bursts any bubbles but the truth must be told!!

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  • Oldgit1

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #11

    @ OP moyes is being considered for the USA managers role.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #12

    OP/Nicky,
    That is going to be the saddest irony of all, he’s going to spend about 70M on a new manager and probably still get relegated If only he let Rafa spend tgat kind of dough how he wanted to he’d be signed up to a five year deal. What a criminally wasted opportunity.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #13

    Incidentally the super geek programmer is a
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    Seal.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #14

    If Bob Bradley is the typical of the quality of USA managers, then Moyes should do OK.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #15

    Well that’s right. Ashley will do his sums and offer Rafa x amount, and if Rafa doesn’t fancy it, he’ll offer it to someone else. I’d say that’s what is gonna happen.

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  • c-dog

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #16

    We’ve a good record against Chelsea and when at home in recent years.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 23, 2018 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #17

    Nicky,
    I don’t think it’s about the funds per se. It’s about having control over them and not being over ruled by someone who knows as much about football as Jib to say a player doesn’t fit the club’s criteria.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 23, 2018 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Yeah, there’s a bunch of stuff from Rafa’s perspective.

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  • Oldgit1

    Aug 23, 2018 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Just back from holiday and trying to catch up with what’s been happening on this blog.
    Chats re old pubs, politics, discussing old songs and old singers and discussing the earth being flat. So haven’t missed much.

    Discussing the plight of if Ashley is selling seems to have died down. I wonder if and I mean if the club is sold will the registration of the club moto and the selling of our teams strips will be included in the selling of the club, perhaps Ashley will try to retain the rights of selling, after all if true, the club only gets back 07p of each £ back as per the Rangers deal. Maybe this is a reason he is unable to sell the club.

    What about the land around st James, has this been moved to Mash company.

    What does the buyer get when he buys us. Not a lot apparently the stadium, infrastructure, players. A leasehold.

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  • Jib

    Aug 23, 2018 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #20

    What are the criteria Jail ?
    Do tell.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 23, 2018 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #21

    Jail

    It’s not worth thinking about, I said Moyes as black humour. If I actually spent time thinking Moyes was next in line I’d go mad.

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  • A Pain in the Blog

    Aug 23, 2018 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #22

    Jail #17

    If you’re right, and the lack of funds is merely a means of Ashley proving to Rafa that he will not be messed with, then I agree it is a sad state of affairs with the threat of relegation being just collateral damage.

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  • Toonces

    Aug 23, 2018 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #23

    OP… if Moyes is available when Rafa’s contract runs out at the end of the season, there’s a real good chance he’ll be our manager in 2019/2020 – whatever division we’re in.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 23, 2018 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #24

    Jib,
    Who knows what the criteria is, Rafa obviously doesn’t otherwise he wouldn’t have handed over a list of targets that didn’t fit it.

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  • Jib

    Aug 23, 2018 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #25

    Jail

    ” being over ruled by someone to say
    a player doesn’t fit the club’s criteria ”

    “Who knows what the criteria is”

    What drivel you spout

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 23, 2018 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #26

    From the Chronicle Nibbles
    “Benitez was offered assurances that he could sign a centre-back and a left-back earlier this week, but he has hit a brick wall on some deals after being told the players don’t fit club criteria”

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 23, 2018 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #27

    Jibbles!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 23, 2018 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #28

    Jibbles,
    I really don’t see how that is spouting drivel.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 23, 2018 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #29

    So it begs the question, which footballing brainchild is setting the “criteria” at the club.?

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 23, 2018 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #30

    What’s the club criteria?

    Free? Nearly free?

    Be able to guarantee a return, preferably a profit?

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  • beermonkey

    Aug 23, 2018 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #31

    age and sell on value thats the main critiera

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 23, 2018 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #32

    I wonder if someone at the club uses Football manager to check the going rate of players.

    Buy it this year and it gives next years prices, genius!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 23, 2018 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #33

    beer,
    Wages and length left on current deal as well, there’s no way fatty is paying top dollar for a player in his last year when he could be persuaded to piss off his club, manager and fans by seeing his deal out, then……… joining someone else.

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  • Aces-of-Eights

    Aug 23, 2018 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #34

    Stupid andy gray just cos we last won in 1955 doesnt mean we dont want our club not to win ever again. You say what do we expect. We expect money spent so we can qualify for Europe. Whole point of a football club is to improve not finish 10th forever. To be honesy the fans dont want Ashley to spend they want him OUT so when u finish licking ashleys ahole tell him to get out of our club. And rafa im sure we have 2 players each position so play strong team in cup and rest the players vs man city as we are gona lose that game anyway with 11 men behind ball. That man city game should be a write off not the forest game.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 23, 2018 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #35

    OP,
    Seriously, I mean who is it at the club who values players, is GC still secretly on board, does JfK get consulted, somebody somewhere is making the call that Plea was only worth 20M tops. Or was that just an excuse as they knew all along they wanted 22M.

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  • beermonkey

    Aug 23, 2018 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #36

    jail

    prob the latter and if it was accepted we would offered him low wages so he would turn us down

    as for carr if he had been able to buy the top of his list he could have made the club alot of money
    and the 80 mill given to maclown i think it was jib that posted a while back rafa with the same team from the begining i think we would have been 5th i think the only one we lost cash on was mbemba but over all there was a good return there

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  • Jib

    Aug 23, 2018 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #37

    Jail is confused
    The Chronic said
    about the Marlon deal with Barcelona
    A £1.5million loan deal for the 22-year-old centre-back was even agreed in principle,
    only for the transfer to fall through due to the fact Marlon did not automatically meet
    the criteria for being awarded a work permit.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 23, 2018 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #38

    No I’m not Jibbles,
    From the same article
    “Whether that is because of wages, age or sell-on value is yet to come to light as United have not disclosed their transfer blueprint in public for some time.

    Yet Benitez feels let down on a number of deals this summer after struggling to land a number of targets after financial restrictions were placed in his way”
    Again I ask, What is the criteria and who is making it up.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 23, 2018 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #39

    Don’t the scouts put a list of targets to Rafa, who decides who he likes and contacts the player and club to work out an agreement in principle if possible, and then hands it over to Charnley to thrash out the details, which obviously is where things get a bit murky.

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  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 23, 2018 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #40

    So nothing doing on the far East lot taking us over then.

    Not seen the poster of that for a while either, at least some of us are man enough to say we were led up the Jesmond Dene path….

    Night bairns, dinna play ower ‘ard eh?

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