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Pundit Gushes About This Elegant Newcastle Player

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.

Here’s hoping!

Comments welcome.


5 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 4, 2019 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #1

    I hope he keeps his place in midfield him and Hayden have actually been a pretty good pairing it would be a shame to leave either out especially as we are now looking at a set of “easier” fixtures.

    This should allow Longstaff to get involved more with shots from outside the box against teams who will come to St James’s to frustrate us we need a midfielder who make runs to get on the end of things which Shelvey and Diame don’t really do.

    The boy seems to have it all and its refreshing to see us bring through a player from the academy Rafa has previously said in an ideal world you would have one or two players from the academy every season making an impression on the first team so this is a good start if he can properly establish himself this season.

  • Shot Bru

    Feb 4, 2019 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #2

    Not sure we’re as ordinary as people think.

    Better than ordinary players.

    Shelvey ish!

    I’m gonna say Longstaff too… hyping the poor lad up of course.

    Dummet is pretty solid, if not injury prone.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 4, 2019 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #3

    I had no idea that Alan Thompson was his uncle. Bit early for me to be learning things….

    Really pleased to see how Longstaff has integrated himself into the 1st team, long(staff) may it continue.

    How refreshing to have the wider football World sitting up and paying attention to us for positive footballing reasons.

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 4, 2019 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #4

    A small note of caution, we did not see the defensive side of Berracas game in the short appearance at Wembley. He was playing very high overlapping with Kenedy in search of an equaliser, as Spurs shut the game down.

    I would probably start with the same starting eleven on Monday night, at Wolves. Experience and knowing the defensive system Rafa has organised will be key……talking of which, I hope to see Longstaff playing alongside Ki to really see our midfield humming.

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 4, 2019 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #5

    Phil Thompson was gushing about him too. But I was gushing first when I saw him against St pats pre season!


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