Rafa has praised the parents of Sean and Matty Longstaff for the way they have brought up their sons.
It has helped Sean take the chance he got in December in the Newcastle first team and he has learned quickly from Rafa Benitez.
One reason Sean has done so well is that his success has not gone to his head one little bit, and his feet remain firmly on the ground.
It’s becasue of that and his maturity for one so young that Rafa believes he will continue to improve this season as he gets more first-team games for his home town club.
And it should be an eye-opener for Mike Ashley.
Sean Longstaff – a mature young 21-year-old
If the owner backs Rafa with investment in the Youth Academy, then the manager and his expert coaching staff can start bringing other players through the ranks and save Newcastle some big money.
That should interest Ashley.
The arrival of Sean on the scene is a massive boost for everybody concerned.
And his younger brother Matty is not too bad either and currently starring for the U23 side.
The 21-year-old has started the club’s last eight games and is expected to keep his place against Huddersfield on Saturday in the relegation 8 pointer at St. James’ Park
Longstaff has been named Match of the Day Magazine’s young player of the month for January.
This is what Sean has said about the award:
“The last month or so has been great for me – I’ve managed to play some games and played at some top grounds, against some top players,”
“The lads in the changing room have been great – they’ve helped me loads – and so have the staff.”
“So as much as it’s my award, it’s a culmination of a lot of people helping me to get to this stage.”
Classy stuff there from young Sean Longstaff – it’s exciting to think how good this lad can become under the tutelage of Mr. Benitez.
Sean is nothing less than a credit to himself and to his family.
Keep it up, Sean.