Newcastle United ace Sean Longstaff may star in a number ten role in pre-season ahead of the new 2020/21 term, according to The Chronicle.
Indeed, Steve Bruce tried out the Englishman in the attacking midfield role against AFC Bournemouth away from home in the Premier League in what was his only appearance playing there in the 2019/20 term, as per Transfermarkt.
Will Newcastle stay up with their current squad?
Unfortunately, Longstaff was forced off through injury after only 33 minutes after scoring what turned out to be his only goal in the top flight in the last campaign (per the website).
However, The Chronicle have suggested that Bruce may explore that option with him again as he looks for some creativity in midfield ahead of the new term.
Comparing the stats of Longstaff in England’s highest division in the last season to fellow attacking midfield players Allan Saint-Maximin, Christian Atsu and Miguel Almiron, the former averaged the most passes (27.4) at a 79.2 per cent accuracy per game (via Whoscored), suggesting that he may be the best man to fill in that position should Bruce decide to play with a number ten.
Pre-season will give a chance for Longstaff to become more familiar in a relatively different role for himself, and if he impresses Bruce, then the coach may well decide to play the Englishman in that very position ahead of the new term.
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