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It’s Good News On Sean Longstaff – How Can Rafa Possibly Walk Away?

Sean Longstaff has had a breakthrough season at Newcastle, and it’s just a pity he was injured in the 2-0 defeat at West Ham in early March.

He is out for the rest of the season and has missed the last seven games in which we have taken only 11 points – three wins, two draws, and two defeats.

It’s likely we would have done better than that with Sean partnering Isaac Hayden in the middle of the park – but we’ll never know.

Fair to say Sean looked like an outstanding player in the making when he started playing regularly for Newcastle in early December.

He’s been compared to a young Michael Carrick – praise indeed.

Sean Longstaff in action at Wembley against Spurs

The good news is it has been confirmed in the Chronicle today he should be ready for pre-season training after hopefully recovering from his knee injury, which has required no surgery.

This is an update Sean gave on the Newcastle website after just visiting Canada with his dad:

“You want to get back on the pitch as much as possible.”

“I got a little taste of it, playing for a couple of months, and then it got taken away so quickly, but now I want to try and get back fit as quickly as possible.”

“It’s going to be a tough summer – I’ll probably be in most of the summer – but I’m looking forward to it.”

“It’s a new challenge, it’s going to allow me to get bigger and stronger, and hopefully ready for next year.”

“It’ll give me a chance to get back in pre-season and hopefully try and work as hard as I can to be around the team again and see if I can get back playing some games.”

Sean is so modest.

He will be keen to be fit for the very start of the preseason in early July, and that is possible – in fact, it will be a surprise if he’s not fully fit and ready to go by that time.

From what we saw of the 21-year-old local lad this season we are hoping Sean can push on and be Newcastle’s regular central midfielder next season and he needs to be on the plane to China.

He’s such an exciting player to watch and a local lad too.

How can Rafa walk away from Newcastle with this lad likely to become even world-class under Rafa’s direction?

And Sean has already shown he has big ambitions and very willing to listen to everything Rafa says and it showed because of his rapid development and improvement last season.

Comments welcome.


12 comments so far

  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 30, 2019 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Rafa will walk away because he won’t be offered a suitable deal.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 30, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Jib, Jibbers, Jibley Jiblets what are you trying to prove, that it is perfectly normal for a club to let a World class manager with a drive and ambition to push the club forward lapse in to the last months of his contract. When Rafa is saying there hasn’t been any talks and is waiting for answers it’s painting that pair of goons in a bad light wouldn’t you say? If talks were going well and an amicable decision almost reached do you think he’d be telling us that. Please, you’re a bit more subtle than jane, but just.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 30, 2019 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #3

    Jib nobody needs to be clever to reply to you, you know that!

    You even answered your own scathing derision by saying “strangely” it’s at Newcastle where managers tend to have contracts negotiated in good time.

    And here comes the point, job, let it soak in first though before your customary priapic rebuke, eh? –

    Newcastle is different from many other clubs because of its owner, his intent for the club, his track record of -yes – brinkmanship, and his ability to knack up a perfectly good thing by using his buffoons to fudge transactions left, right, and centre. It’s a club run to service another business and is always on the edge of disaster. That’s why they really need to get some things, like the head of sporting admin, right and nailed down. Not at all like a club owned by a fickle billionaire who chucks money around like stale biscuits at ducks who can but any manager he wants at the drop of a hat.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 30, 2019 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #4

    * buy *

  • Jib

    Apr 30, 2019 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #5

    You can concoct as many humorous (in your tiny mind)
    variations of my name but it doesn’t hide the fact that you
    say nothing new and are a remarkably poor thinker.

  • Oldgit1

    Apr 30, 2019 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #6

    Am I right in thinking that Rafa in his last two months of his contract is able to negotiate with other clubs?

  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 30, 2019 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #7

    I think it’s fairly obvious to all of us including Rafa that Ashley has lost interest in our club becoming a successful sporting entity. He rarely attends matches and has made it clear that he has no intention of putting his own money in and as little of the club’s money as he can get away with.
    Our only hope for the future is that Rafa stays and within the peramators of Ashley’s loss of interest , he has decided that he can fashion a team to do our wonderful club justice.
    The impasse going on at the moment is Rafa trying to use his contract negotiations to secure the best deal for our club with the fat greedy owner who knows that Rafa will keep us afloat no matter how frugal he decides to be.
    Do we need Ashley as a fan / supporter of what the lads do on the pitch?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 30, 2019 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #8

    I forgot Jibbles 😀
    Again I ask, what are you trying to prove?

  • magpie6699

    Apr 30, 2019 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #9

    Much as I think Sean Longstaff is terrific, I’m not sure I agree with Ed’s statement of “only” 11 points from 7 games since he got injured. If we averaged that in a season, we’d be finishing with about 58-60 points which would be a massive improvement on anything we’ve done since that fluke 5th place a few years ago.
    However, I’m always struck by the bleating when one of the top 6 is missing a top player e.g Spurs / Kane, yet very little mention of us being without Longstaff, Lejeune, Almiron and Lascelles on Saturday, all of whom would be first choices if fit.

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 30, 2019 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Saun “The Iceman” Longstaff, coolness personified on and off the pitch.

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Apr 30, 2019 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #11

    Mike Ashley reminds me of Alfred Hitchcock, 1. He looks like Hitchcock, 2. He has cock in the name, Shame his name wasn’t Alfred Hitchdick.

    3. How he makes everyone from Manager to the Fans watch his movie plot, will he kill off Rafa, will Rafa survive the shower scene, is Mike, Rich and Strange, is Mike really a Saboteur, will we see Rafa leave through the Rear Window, are we the magpies in his Birds movie or is Mike just a plan old Psycho.

  • Bladey

    Apr 30, 2019 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #12

    Oh I see so RAFA should stay because he has Longstaff
    Not leave because most of the others are crap or his transfer budget is small or ASH craps on him from a great height all the time
    Sorted then
    I knew there was a reason I hadn’t been on lately
    Its the same old wooden heads spouting the same old bullshit


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