Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff currently sits top of a specific Premier League category that doesn’t include the league’s so called ‘Big Six’ clubs.
According to The Other 14, the 23-year-old sits top of the charts for combined tackles and interceptions per 90 minutes in the Premier League after four gameweeks.
Across 231 minutes of top-flight action, Longstaff has made 14 tackles and two interceptions, which gives him a current combined average of 6.23 tackles and interceptions per game.
The Englishman sits above Brentford’s Sergi Canos (5.98 per game) and teammate Joe Willock (5.56 per game), who has shown a different side to his game since joining the Magpies on a permanent deal this summer.
Jacob Murphy (4.77 per game) is also on a list which features three Newcastle players, no ‘other 14 club’ features as many players than Steve Bruce’s side.
Impressive by Longstaff
Topping that specific category highlights that Sean Longstaff is putting himself about, covering the yards and working hard for his team.
He’ll have to maintain those impressive statistics when Leeds come to St James’ Park on Friday.
If Longstaff can win possession for his team as frequently as he currently averages against the Whites then Newcastle could have a chance of hurting Marcelo Bielsa’s attacking side on the counter-attack.
After completing back-to-back 90 minutes in the Premier League against Manchester United and Southampton, Longstaff’s form and fitness will only continue to improve with every passing game.
Can he replicate Southampton display?
Longstaff produced the best performance of the season on his first start against the Saints where he contributed to both sides of Newcastle’s game.
The midfielder made eight tackles in that game, but he also created two chances (WhoScored).
It’s going to take a lot for Longstaff to re-hit the heights of 2019 when he was reportedly valued at £50million and had Manchester United chasing him.
But he is contributing to this Newcastle side and his importance is highlighted by him sitting top of the tackling and interception charts.