Date: 30th August 2018 at 6:00pm
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Sean Longstaff made his debut last night in the defeat to Notts Forest. The 20-year-old had an excellent year on loan at Blackpool in League One last season and Rafa Benitez was keen for the midfielder to be given a run out for the first team this campaign.

Although it was a tough night for all concerned, he didn’t let anyone down and was neat and tidy on the ball at the City Ground.

Fans on Twitter were mostly impressed by Longstaff:

However, some don’t believe he has the quality to play in the Premier League:

Personally, I think he did ok, and he was certainly better than a number of senior players who started last night. It does seem as though Rafa is keen to offer the youngster more opportunities. He decided against loaning the player out to Portsmouth earlier this summer.

With only three other senior central midfielders in Jonjo Shelvey, Ki Sung-Yueng and Mo Diame, Longstaff could make his Premier League debut in the not too distant future. He was on the bench against Chelsea last week, and he could yet feature against Manchester City on Saturday.

 

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