The ‘outstanding’ NUFC talent who has a huge chance to breakthrough under Rafa Benitez

Young NUFC midfielder Sean Longstaff was always one who impressed me during U-23 games at St James’ Park and his successful spell on loan with Blackpool is turning heads – he’s one to watch under Rafa Benitez.

The 20-year-old Academy product was the second string’s top scorer last term with 10 goals in 13 games across the first half of the season, with him then going on to enjoy a successful spell in the SPL with Kilmarnock.

He returned last summer, earned a contract extension and has since spent the season on loan with League One side Blackpool.

Not only has he been impressing some of the locals with his promising all-round performances week in week out (see below), he’s also created a habit of scoring some wonder-goals!

Here’s what he did on Tuesday night during their 3-0 win over Northampton:

With 9 goals and 6 assists and a right-foot capable of 25-yard rockets, he’s a definite talent and one that Rafa Benitez will be taking a serious look at when he returns for pre-season this summer.

‘Several’ Premier League sides have been watching him according to the Daily Mail, but hopefully he turns out to be one to watch in the NUFC first-team in the coming years.

An exciting midfield talent I’m hoping to see make it at NUFC. Not many do but Benitez will want to change that.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

One thought on “The ‘outstanding’ NUFC talent who has a huge chance to breakthrough under Rafa Benitez

  1. Of the players out on loan Sean and Arma have the best potential to make the breakthrough. To do that though, they need to be given the chance – something Newcastle have been reluctant to do is the past. Let’s hope Rafa sees it differently.
    It’s too easy to go out and buy ready made players, but these two have the potential to save the club a small fortune. Forget the level they’re playing at, just look at the quality of the goals both score. The talent is there and Rafa can bring it out of them. Yes, it’s nice to splash out on some players, but sometimes you’re better off developing what you have under your nose. It’s not being cheap, it’s being shrewd. Not only do you save on the initial outlay, but just look what Lascelles is worth now as an example. How Forest must be kicking themselves.


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