Longstaff has certainly impressed in the last few weeks, after winning a place in the side due to the ongoing injuries of both Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame. He delivered another assured performance at Wembley last week and has done well, especially considering he has played against the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham already.
Here’s what Redknapp said when speaking about the youngster before Saturday’s game at Wembley:
Newcastle have received a real boost with unearthing Longstaff, who has grabbed his opportunity with both hands. As Ki and others come back, it will be interesting to see if Rafa Benitez keeps faith in the youngster, who is fast becoming a fan favourite.
It is always good seeing local players come into the first team from the academy and it is something we have seen very little of during the Ashley era. A major reason for the impasse between manager and owner has been the lack of investment in the academy; let’s hope the progress of Longstaff will show Ashley et al the benefits more investment would bring.
On the pitch we face a big game at in form Wolves on Monday night and on current form, it is hard to leave Longstaff out, regardless of the fitness of others.