21-year-old Sean Longstaff is fast becoming a Newcastle star and the number one choice for Newcastle in the center of midfield.
Sean got his chance when Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame were injured and Ki was away on Asian Cup duty playing for South Korea.
Sean has looked an excellent young player and he’s also somebody who has his feet firmly on the ground.
If Rafa stays with us, he will need to change his transfer plans with the attacking midfielder position well covered now by Sean, Jonjo or Ki.
He will need to bring in a young defensive midfielder with Isaac Hayden set to leave Newcastle in the summer, a right back and another striker – at the very least this summer.
Sean Longstaff and Rafa Benitez after the Bournemouth win
Rafa was asked by the Chronicle if he thought Longstaff can continue with his top form:
“Talking with Sean he is fine and he is mature enough.”
“He is somebody who will continue to get better because he listens to you and works hard. He’s very humble.”
“We’ll see with the others back regarding competition but in terms on his behavior and what he will do next I am quite positive that he’ll do well.”
“He knows that he’s doing well.” “At the same time he will continue to work hard.”
“He’s not somebody who will just accept arriving on the scene then say: ‘That’s me done’.”
“My understanding is that his family and the people around him are focused and will give him the right advice.”
His younger brother Matty is impressive as well and could be the next youngster to come through the ranks and into the first team.
Matty plays in central midfield too – like his older brother.