He may have only made his debut on Boxing Day, but Sean Longstaff is already proving to be an influential player at Newcastle.
The midfielder seems likely to stay at St James’ Park despite interest from Manchester United, and he’s also played a role in bringing a player to the club.
The Magpies confirmed two arrivals on Monday morning, with Kyle Scott and Jake Turner arriving from Chelsea and Bolton respectively.
Scott, a centre midfielder like Longstaff, spoke about how his new teammate influenced his decision to move to the North East.
“Newcastle is a massive club with massive history, and for young kids they get that opportunity – obviously you see with Longstaff, he did it last year – so it’s a good opportunity for me,” Scott told the club’s official website.
“Newcastle are in the Premier League and a massive club. You look at what kind of players have come through here and how much opportunity they get, and I do feel at this place they do give it.
“As long as you’re doing well, working hard and playing well, then I think you’ll get your chance.”
Longstaff is just two months older than Scott, but has had much more first-team opportunities. Scott didn’t get a chance at Chelsea, like so many of the youngsters at Stamford Bridge. He’s hoping that changes at Newcastle.
And that’s largely down to Longstaff. The 21-year-old’s run of form last season put him on the map, and has shown other young players that Newcastle is a place you can come and play first-team football.
He’s only made nine Premier League appearances, but Longstaff is already an influential player based on his new teammate’s comments.
Hopefully more young players follow Scott’s lead and head to Newcastle in hope of replicating Sean Longstaff.