Sean Longstaff had another excellent game for Newcastle in the middle of the park yesterday against Huddersfield in the 2-0 win.
And the 21-year-old hardly put a foot wrong and had a fantastic shot hit the crossbar near the end of the game.
The commentators on NBC in the US said Sean may get a call-up for the full England squad given how well he’s been playing lately never mind the U21s.
The England U21 manager Aidy Boothroyd was looking on at St. James’ Park yesterday and he must have been impressed with the North Shields lad.
In fact, Sean has been one of our best players since he made his league debut at Liverpool on Boxing Day in the 4-0 mauling at Anfield.
Rafa Benitez congratulates Miguel Almiron yesterday
Sean has started all 9 games since then and already looks an accomplished player with an excellent temperament who very rarely gives the ball away.
Sean has become an unexpected top talent at Newcastle this season.
And couple that with new signing Miguel Almiron, who on his performance yesterday could become the playmaker who can create chances and score goals for Newcastle.
Miguel had a great home debut, and it looks like it will not take the Paraguayan long to settle into the Newcastle side.
Our defense with Schar, Lascelles, and Lejeune playing in a back three look very accomplished with Federico Fernandez hoping for a chance to get back into the back line.
Hayden and Longstaff are keeping Jonjo Shelvey, Mo Diame and Ki Sung-yueng on the bench so suddenly our central midfield looks very strong.
If Rafa stays at Newcastle, he wants five new players brought in this summer.
The fact that Leicester City fired their manager Claude Puel yesterday after a 4-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace means Rafa will be in demand from at least one other Premier League club this summer.
Rafa wants to stay at Newcastle, but Mike Ashley must loosen the purse strings, and we are only maybe three or four good players off a top side on Tyneside.
Let’s hope Rafa stays, and Mike Ashley gives him some decent money to spend this summer.
And just think – in one year we could even be in the top half of the table and not struggling against relegation.
That would be a nice change for the loyal Newcastle fans and for Rafa Benitez too.