Newcastle United ended what has been a remarkable season with a draw at Chelsea on Sunday.

While it would have been nice to claim third spot in the Premier League, following up the celebrations sparked from sealing Champions League qualification on Monday night was always going to be difficult.

Indeed, it was a rather understated end to the campaign for Newcastle, albeit the final game of the season hardly meant an awful lot.

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There was, however, one notable debut.

Young midfielder Lewis Miley was handed his Premier League debut at Stamford Bridge.

Eddie Howe had previously talked up the 17-year-old when he signed his first professional contract of his career earlier this month and duly gave the academy graduate his first taste of senior league football.

Sean Longstaff sends message to Lewis Miley after Premier League debut

A big moment for the player and a pleasing one for the academy, teammate Sean Longstaff certainly enjoyed the moment.

Longstaff himself came up through the ranks and is now a leading figure in the first-team, even despite some rocky moments under Steve Bruce.

Naturally, Miley posted on Instagram celebrating his Premier League bow, upon which Longstaff commented: “Love it superstar! You deserve it.”

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A big moment for the club’s academy

Newcastle, despite being famed as a hotbed for footballing talent, have struggled to convert academy players into first-team options over the years.

Longstaff certainly stands out and Paul Dummett has had a solid career but prior to that, Andy Carroll is probably the last shining light to emerge from the youth ranks and represent Newcastle at senior level.

For Miley to have made his debut in this Newcastle team, one who have taken the Premier League by storm this season, means something.

Howe is hardly a manager to make sentimental decisions for the sake of it, after all.

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