“Now to get back fit and ready to do it again next season” – These were Sean Longstaff’s last words on social media on the final day of the season almost 2 weeks ago.
Since then the 21-year-old has received what appears to be genuine interest from Manchester United, and although a bid is reportedly ‘imminent’, his comments before parting for the summer should be a source of encouragement for us Newcastle fans.
As he highlights below, it’s been his ‘boyhood dream’ to pull on the black and white stripes at senior level, with his final line suggesting his sole focus is to get back fit and get back into Rafa Benitez’s first-team next season:
Longstaff also seems to be a wise head on young shoulders – and this could be key, with him likely to realise that he’ll need at least another season on Tyneside to develop his game and establish himself in our first-team before any huge move could be considered.
In other news, it’s actually been claimed by the Manchester Evenings News that Solksjaer’s top target is in fact West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.
West Ham are thought to be hugely reluctant to sell and will no doubt demand an astronomical fee, however it would be in our interests to see them make big moves for him instead – especially when many fear Ashley would cash in if a sizeable bid arrived.
It’s been reported by the Chronicle that Newcastle won’t sell at any price, but the same was said about Andy Carroll until a £35m offer arrived from Liverpool in 2011.
8 years later, there’s plenty evidence to suggest Ashley hasn’t changed.