Sean Longstaff and Isaac Hayden not only held their own in central midfield but both had excellent games on Tuesday night against moneybags Manchester City.
After the game, the City manager Pep Guardiola said that his team couldn’t deal with the Newcastle holding midfielders – especially in the second half.
That’s some compliment coming from one of the best managers in the world.
But Sean also has one of the best managers in world football guiding him in his development – Rafa Benitez.
Sean seems to have the skills, the drive, the work ethic, and the modesty to become a top player in football and at his home town club too.
Sean Longstaff – fouled by Fernandinho for the penalty
And his excellent performance in the fabulous 2-1 win on Tuesday night his performance did not go unnoticed by Newcastle icon Alan Shearer.
On Match of the Day the BBC pundit had this to say about Newcastle’s performance and in particular our 21-year-old central midfielder:
“It was a wonderful performance and a great result, particularly after conceding after 24 seconds.”
“They had to stay in the game after conceding so early.”
“They got everybody behind the game and because they did that, when the ball went forward there was rarely anybody there.”
“So City got the ball and they were straight back at Newcastle. It happened a lot in the first half. Rondon was screaming for support.”
“In the second half it totally changed after they grew into the game.”
“They had seven or eight players in and around the box and they got the equalizer they deserve through Rondon, and it was good technique.”
“Longstaff, who won the penalty, was magnificent against Fernandinho, De Bruyne, Silva. He did not look out of place at all.”
We’ll find out in Rafa’s press conference shortly whether Shelvey, Diame, Ki, and Dummett are fit for tomorrow’s difficult game at Wembley against Tottenham – three of those are central midfielders.
But we expect Sean to start the game with Hayden in midfield.
Newcastle failed to get Benfica midfielder Andreas Samaris on loan yesterday so Hayden will be with us through the end of the season.