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.