Sean Longstaff had another excellent game for Newcastle against top opposition at Wembley on Saturday in our 1-0 loss to Spurs.
Sean seems to take these new challenges in his stride, and it’s showing what an excellent young player Rafa has on the books.
We expect Sean to keep his place in the starting eleven even when central midfielders Ki, Shelvey, and Diame are ft again.
If Sean can keep playing for Newcastle through the end of this season (and why not?), he’s going to be some player for us in the future.
He’ll be like a top signing, but we’ve brought the North Shields native through the youth system.
Sean Longstaff – continues to improve
And his younger brother Matty is some player too.
Jamie Redknapp picked him in his team of the week, and the former Liverpool midfielder had this to say about him:
“Sean Longstaff did not deserve to be on the losing side as Newcastle were beaten by Tottenham.”
“He is elegant on the ball, comfortable with both feet and, at just 21, did not seem overwhelmed playing against Spurs and in midweek against Manchester City.”
“He has excellent sporting pedigree, too.”
“His uncle is former Bolton and Celtic midfielder Alan Thompson and his dad David played ice hockey for Great Britain.”
“No wonder he looked so cool at Wembley!”
The players we now have in the team who weren’t in the side during those first 10 games include Sean, Fabian Schar, Salomon Rondon, and Ki Sung-yueng.
With Miguel Almiron and Antonio Barreca soon to be added to the team, we look a much better side than we were at the beginning of the season.
Two or three top players brought in over the summer months, and we should be able to avoid a relegation fight next season.
That’s the level we’ve sunk to under Ashley.
But maybe Rafa can push for a top 8 finish next season?
Things are looking a lot better than before Christmas.