Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff had an excellent first Premier League start for Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and held his own against some of Chelsea’s world-class players.
He’s an efficient player with excellent technical skills, and he looks to have a bright future at Newcastle.
Sean was behind only Florian Lejeune in our Man of the Match voting for Saturday’s game.
Lejeune looked like he had never been away from the Newcastle in his first Premier League appearance of the season after recovering from his ACL knee injury.
Sean Longstaff in action last Saturday
Longstaff has had this to say today as reported in the Chronicle:
“Any time I get the chance to play a game for Newcastle, I’ll snap your hand off.”
“Hopefully, I’ve done enough to stay in the team. We’ve got a lot of injuries at the minute.”
“It’s another game. We’d have liked to have finished last Saturday, but it wasn’t to be. We’ll go into it with confidence.”
“It’ll be good to get a win – it doesn’t matter what competition it’s in. That’ll bring more confidence for the game on Saturday.”
“I saw it was a free hit, almost,”
“The way the squad is at the minute there are a few injuries to key players. That’s what you need, you need a chance.
“I think, for me, to play at Anfield and now here, it’s not the easiest of baptisms, but I’ve loved it.”
“Playing against the best players in the world can only improve you as a player.
“It’s amazing to see where I’ve come in just a short space of time – playing in League One last year to starting a Premier League game.”
“Obviously, it’s something I’ve dreamt of as a kid and I’m over the moon.”
“Now it’s about doing well enough every day to get another one and another one.”
The 21-year-old is almost certain to play tonight at Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup third round replay.
Ki is off at the Asian Cup, and Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame are not available through injury.
So it looks like Hayden and Longstaff will be our two central midfielders again.
We have to hope Newcastle can get through tonight but we have only one win in our last 10 games played – that 1-0 win at Huddersfield on 15th December: the Terriers fired manager David Wagner yesterday.
And as Sean says a win should give out players some confidence for the upcoming vital league games – starting at home to Cardiff City on Saturday.