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.