Sean Longstaff can hardly get a game since Joelinton, Joe Willock and Jonjo Shelvey have been so dominant for Newcastle this year.
And then we have £40M Bruno Guimaraes waiting in the wings, and we also have Isaac Hayden, who is out injured, but not part of the Premier League 25 for the rest of the season.
So Sean finds himself way down the list of central midfielders (5th in line excluding Hayden) and is probably wondering if he should stay at Newcastle, where he seems unlikely to get many games.
But in Eddie Howe’s press conference this morning, Howe has come out and said he is a big admirer of the North Shields lad and wants the 24-year-old to stay at his home town club.
Howe has offered Sean a new contract, but he had not signed it yet and may decide to become a free agent this summer when his contract runs out.
That would be a loss of another homegrown player for Newcastle.
This is what Howe said at his press conference this morning about Longstaff, for the vital home game against Brighton tomorrow:
“I love Sean, but I maybe haven’t displayed that with my team selections. That’s only because it is a really strong area of the team, Bruno is not playing either.”
“I really do rate him highly and I am desperate for him to get an opportunity and show everyone on a consistent basis what he can do because he’s a top player.”
“I would love him to stay and there is no part of me that wants to see him leave, and I believe he has a long-term future here.”
“Yeah (there’s a deal on the table), from my side, every part of me wants him to stay.”
With another top midfielder likely to join Newcastle this summer, you cannot blame Sean for wondering if he has to move on to get playing time elsewhere and resurrect his career.
He’s too good to be sitting on the bench.
What do you think?