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.