Elias Sorensen may be making the headlines for our U-23’s after scoring his SIXTEENTH (yes 16th!) goal of the season last night, but both Callum Roberts and Sean Longstaff have been just as impressive.
Both were included in Rafa’s pre-season plans and, after spending the first half of the season playing for our second string, it’s fair to say they look a cut above the rest at U-23 level.
Starting with 21-year-old winger Roberts, he himself has now racked up an impressive 10 goals and 7 in just 13 games, with his pace, eye for a pass, low centre of gravity and dribbling ability always standing out when I’ve had the chance to watch him this season.
He probably needs a loan move in January so he can gain some much needed experience at senior level, and he’s not the only one, with fellow midfielder Sean Longstaff looking a different class at U-23 level too – and someone who didn’t look out of place with the first-team when handed chances to prove himself during pre-season.
As highlighted by the Chronicle’s Mark Carruthers (who watched him during our win at Stoke last night), the rangy midfielder was a ‘class above’ the rest on the night and someone who he feels is ‘wasted’ at youth level.
One thing I will say from tonight is that Sean Longstaff is wasted playing Under-23s football and really needs to be out on loan. Looks a class above and his distribution has been excellent at times.
— Mark Carruthers (@MarkCarruthers_) November 26, 2018
With Sorensen scoring for fun, Roberts weighing in with the goals and assists from wide and Longstaff pulling the strings in midfield, we look to have a few very promising youngsters on our hands.