How Eddie Howe has got the 'confidence' of Sean Longstaff
How Eddie Howe has got the 'confidence' of Sean Longstaff
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How Eddie Howe has got the 'confidence' of Sean Longstaff

With their immense form in 2022, it’s no wonder that the Newcastle United squad are happy with head coach Eddie Howe. Midfielder Sean Longstaff explained just what he’s done to take the Magpies from relegation favourites to fighting for a spot in the top ten.

He told The Chronicle, “It’s something that reflects what is happening behind the scenes, a new manager coming in, his staff, hours and hours of work. Little extra bits have given me confidence in training.

“As a group, we are so close together. It has been a pretty crazy turnaround but everyone in the dressing room is absolutely loving it. Considering where we were to where we are now is such a big difference and it is great to be a part of it.”

Longstaff has not been one of Howe’s first choices in midfield. So if anything, it means a lot hearing those positive words of affirmation from a player not in the starting XI.

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Howe is a big fan of Longstaff, he missed out due to a selection dilemma in Newcastle’s midfield

Despite not playing consistently, the Toon boss has a lot of respect for Sean Longstaff. The midfielder’s deal runs out this summer and there’s been interest surrounding him for a few months now.

It was reported by the Daily Mail that Everton were looking to bring him in for £1 million. But the firing of ex-Toon boss Rafa Benitez stopped that from happening.

There was interest from the Championship, The Mirror (23/01/22: page 72) reported that Nottingham Forest wanted to sign Longstaff.

However, clearly, Eddie Howe wants to hold onto him. Currently, he provides an alternative option in midfield. Furthermore, he was given the nod to start this past weekend against Norwich.

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The Magpies were impressive in a 3-0 win away to the Canaries. Changes were made to rest some of the players who had already played a couple of games that week.

It shows the impact that Howe has had on the fringe players at Newcastle. That he can afford to make switches and still get top performances out of them. Norwich might be bottom of the league, but beating them so comfortably with a weakened side is very impressive.

It’s a hard couple of fixtures next for Newcastle. They take on Liverpool at home and Man City away, as they look to grab a place in the top ten.