Newcastle recorded an emphatic 3-0 win over Cardiff this weekend, and youngster Sean Longstaff once again impressed Newcastle supporters.
The academy graduate has been a key player for the Newcastle first team in recent weeks, due to injuries to Mo Diame and Jonjo Shelvey.
Longstaff was playing just his third Premier League game against Cardiff and once again showed remarkable promise.
For someone of such a tender age, Longstaff refreshingly seems to play without fear.
He’s shown in his few games this season that he is always looking to move the ball forward from deep and make things happen.
Although he doesn’t look like a world-beater just yet, he’s performed capably in Newcastle’s first team.
The performance against Cardiff came off the back of another strong showing against Blackburn in an FA Cup replay on Tuesday.
The 21-year old scored his first Newcastle goal with a deflected strike, and hopefully he can get on the scoresheet again this season.
His style of play has led many supporters to compare him with North-East native Michael Carrick.
Longstaff has a long way to go to reach the former Man United man’s heights, but fans still can’t get over their similarities.
Newcastle fans compare Longstaff with Carrick
Don’t know if that was Longstaff or a 21 year old Michael Carrick in midfield today. What a win #NUFC
— TheJEB (@NUFC_JEB) January 19, 2019
Fantastic performance by everyone of the lads. Special mentions to Schar for the goals but also Rondon and particularly Longstaff who I thought was superb. Kept the ball so well, moved it around and Christ he covered ground. Reminds me of Carrick.
— The Looney Toon (@The_Looney_Toon) January 19, 2019
What a very good player longstaff has been in these last few games. A breath of fresh air to get him through the academy. Reminds me a lot of Michael carrick. Nothing flashy, just very composed and keeps things ticking @MsiDouglas
— Gavin McMillan (@GavinMcMillan17) January 19, 2019
Impressed with Longstaff yet again. Definitely has shades of Carrick about his game. So cool in possession and always looking to play the ball it into space. Yedlin has been good outlet for him so far today.
— 𝕋𝕙𝕖𝕄𝕒𝕔𝕜𝕖𝕞𝕊𝕝𝕒𝕪𝕖𝕣 (@TheMackemSlayer) January 19, 2019
I’m not saying he’s going to be as good because it’s an absolute massive ask but longstaff has a likeness to a young carrick….
— craig heward (@TheBruise) January 15, 2019
Well done Longstaff lad he looks like a young Carrick great game #nufc
— Aaron Olsson (@AOlssonNUFC) January 15, 2019
The best back up for Ki?
With injuries to a lot of Newcastle’s star midfielders, there was worries if Longstaff could fill the void.
A starting midfield of Isaac Hayden and an academy player doesn’t fill with confidence, but Longstaff has been a welcome surprise.
Much like Ki Sung-yueng, the 21-year old is a tidy player, who keeps possession well.
Before Ki became an important part of the side this season, Newcastle had looked erratic in possession.
There was fears that with the South-Korean on international duty this month, the Toon would fall back into old habits.
But Longstaff is looking like he may be able to perform Ki’s role for the next few weeks.
With Diame back in training, it will hopefully be Hayden who loses his place, so that Longstaff can continue his rise.