According to the Chronicle, there has been talk on Merseyside that Sean Longstaff could swap Newcastle United for Everton.

They state that there has been murmurs of a swap deal between the Geordie midfielder and Tom Davies.

However, the Chronicle add that these claims have been played down.

Regardless, a move to Everton would surely appeal to Longstaff for one key reason.

As you may have heard, Rafa Benitez is the new manager at Goodison Park. The Spaniard is back in England after a couple of years away, and it is his first Premier League job since leaving the Magpies.

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At Newcastle he was a hero. He was a rare beacon of hope during the Mike Ashley era. Sadly Benitez left in 2019, and darkness and despair resumed.

Sean Longstaff was a star under new Everton boss Rafa Benitez

In Benitez’s final season at St James’ Park, Longstaff broke into the first team.

Injury handed him his chance in December 2018, and he took it with both hands.

 

Alongside Isaac Hayden, Longstaff enjoyed a sensational run in the first team.

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He was defensively sound, provided energy in the middle of the park, and was competent in possession. It looked like Benitez had unearthed a gem.

Sadly, his season was ended early by injury. But he was playing so well he was linked with a £50million move to Manchester United.

By the time he returned, Benitez was gone. Longstaff has never been the same player.

He’s found it hard at times under Steve Bruce, struggling to nail down a place in the starting XI.

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And despite boasting a fair few centre midfield options, the Toon boss is reportedly keen to add another to his squad. That can’t be encouraging for Longstaff.

And when you consider his past with Benitez, surely a move to Goodison Park would appeal. He played the best football of his short career under the 61-year-old.

While talk of a swap deal with Davies has been played down, it’s hard to believe Longstaff wouldn’t be interested in a Rafa Benitez reunion.

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