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Younger Players So Close To First Team – Rafa Has A Rethink


One of the positive things that has happened this preseason is some of our younger players have impressed.

Rafa has been pleased with players like Sean Longstaff, Cal Roberts, Jamie Sterry and others.

The plan was to send them out on loan this month, but there’s always a chance every summer for the youngsters to impress and have Rafa keep them in the first team squad.

That seems to be what Rafa is thinking, and we expect those three players (at least) to stay in the Newcastle first team squad through the end of this year.

Sean Longstaff – very impressive in preseason

Rafa has explained in the Chronicle today about how good it is for youngsters to train regularly with the first-team players:

“When I was (playing) in the Academy of Real Madrid I was desperate to go to the first team training camp.”

“When you are so close and you stay around you will improve even more.”

“If you don’t get the chance to play in the first team you can still play with the U23s.”

“You will be training with the first team though. You will always have time afterwards to go out on loan.”

“When you get this close it is better to stay around.”

“I have had a conversation with some of them and told them it is better to be around.”

“The experience to be close to the first team now could be really good for them.”

“They will have time to go out and play in another division we can do it in January.”

“I have had a conversation with Sean Longstaff and told him it’s good for him to stay around.”

“He is learning from Shelvey and Diame. He is learning from players who have quality and experience.”

“The answer is very simple (when asked about giving youngsters their debuts).” “Would I like to? Yes.” “Can I do it? It depends.”

“It’s in the League Cup or the FA Cup and which level you play against and how well my players are doing in training sessions.”

“Or if they come in during the Premier League when you are doing well.”

“Longstaff is doing well, Roberts is doing well. These are players we are monitoring very closely.”

Good comments there from Rafa.

The player who impressed us the most is central midfielder Sean Longstaff, who seems to be able to hold his own playing in the first team.

It would be great if Sean (20) can come through this season and improve while training with the first team squad and hopefully get quite a few games for Newcastle.

His younger brother Matty is 18 is also a top prospect and looked so impressive against Sunderland last Monday night.

Comments welcome.


24 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #1

    ok its just clips and ok its just reserve team football,, but i really think Victor Fernandez is twice the player Murphy is and dont understand how Victor isnt even making the bench. the kid has ability and confidence, Murphy has no confidence, and i question his ability for this level

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  • lochinvar

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Hurrah !
    “steely attitude” – we need more of that from the back four

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Catchy…we bought the wrong Murphy twin and I think everyone knows that!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #4

    I don’t mind both Sterry and Longstaff are given a chance this season…we need to be better at developing and integrating these youngsters anyway…

    …can the cut it or not! Even Woodman

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #5

    Jesper

    the sad part is your right and everyone knows it, except RAFA, he continues to flog a dead horse..

    cue all the rants, Rafa knows more than you, i trust rafa, he won the champions league blablabla

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #6

    Jesper,
    Sterry is going out on loan.
    How do you know we brought the wrong Murphy?

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Jesper

    shhhhh

    they dont cost 20 million each, so they cannot be good.

    you have to spend

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #8

    The problem is we don’t have a great enough backbone to let these youngsters get a run out..,

    We are simply to weak in thin in our senior squad!

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #9

    jail

    do you think we bought the right Murphy..

    go on make a fool of yourself,, i dare ya

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #10

    jesper

    which is why you dont sped 11 million on a kid for the future, when first teamers are needed.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #11

    catchy,
    On what basis are you claiming we got the wrong one. YouTube clips, no wonder your such a fan of Dennis Wise ha ha

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  • Jib

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #12

    SSShhhh
    I don’t think Jail for Ashley actually realises that
    the other Murphy played against us last week.

    Ha ha ha
    Worra a divvy

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #13

    catchy,
    There is zero evidence to show that we would have spent that 11M on someone else, Lucas Perez for example. Just like the 20M supposedly bid for Plea, it wasn’t available for another striker. That is what Rafa wants, full control over transfers then he can be properly judged.

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  • kilcline

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #14

    Roberts will turn into a quality prem player

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #15

    Jiblets,
    Ha ha, co wondering you plagiarized your six changes post straight from the Chronicle you’ve got a nerve, warra plonker.
    So because Josh Murphy skinned Manquillo a few times we brought the wrong one???

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  • rustledust

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #16

    lesh
    Tell me please, is this the Venezuela
    much admired by Corbyn and comrades, as a beacon of hope in a nasty capitalist world?
    Perhaps he’s thinking of some other country if he’s thinking at all.

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  • Mag52

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #17

    Catchy.

    With Ritchie and Kenedy rightly starting matches, Murphy has hardly had much of a chance to impress as yet. Whenever he has appeared he has shown some ability. What he lacks is a decent run of games to give him that extra bit of confidence.
    Too early to write him off.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #18

    Co wondering???
    *Considering

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #19

    Mag52,
    Exactly, would the “right” Murphy get in ahead of Ritchie and Kenedy.

    1
  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #20

    Jesper…….. Nice to see you have changed your position on Jamie Sterry and are giving the kid a chance to prove himself rather than condemning him out of sight without ever having seen him play. Credit to you for that.

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  • rustledust

    Aug 23, 2018 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #21

    AncientC/
    lesh
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    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 23, 2018 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #22

    Well done carl, you’ve achieved exactly what you set out to do and broke the blog. You divisive turd.

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  • Black and white armpit

    Aug 23, 2018 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #23

    And of course you know better than a Champions league winning manager Catchy.
    Give it up man, any angle to try to have a pop.

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  • Toon&oot

    Aug 23, 2018 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #24

    I think when you look at Haydens performance at Cardiff you have no other option than to look at youngsters. In respect of the Murphy’s debate, what you need to remember is Rafa’s restricted purse strings means he cannot by the finished article and therefore takes a gamble on young talent such as Murphy & Atsu. Murphy is not strong enough and to easily knocked of the ball. Atsu is the love child of Franz Carr who no doubt the older fans will remember!

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