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Newcastle United: Steve Bruce issues tough verdict on Sean Longstaff

Newcastle United: Steve Bruce issues tough verdict on Sean Longstaff

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has told young midfielder Sean Longstaff to get his head down and focus on football at St. James’ Park. 

The youngster has been linked with a move to Manchester United, but after nothing materialised between the clubs, Longstaff has had to get his mind back to putting in performances for the Magpies.

And his manager Steve Bruce has commented on Longstaff’s situation, encouraging Longstaff to now shift his full focus to playing for his team.

“I think Sean now needs to concentrate on his own performances, rather than worrying about speculation and tittle-tattle. I don’t think there were any real legs in the Manchester United story.” Bruce said, in quotes published by the Sunday Mirror.

Longstaff has been back in action for Newcastle this season after overcoming a serious injury which threatened to curtail his career progress, though has failed to hit the heights of last season. After being compared to Michael Carrick by Louise Taylor in the Guardian last season, the 21-year-old has struggled this season.

Last season, he averaged an 80.9% pass completion rate, 1.9 tackles and 1.1 interceptions per game though is down on all of those metrics this time around. Indeed, his performance against Watford last month was criticised by sections of the support online.

Bruce has it right here and Longstaff does indeed need to simply concentrate on his football after previously admitting he was flattered in the summer.

The interest and rumour mill is always likely to be in full flow, but it’s part of being a top-flight footballer when it comes to handling pressure and talk off the field.

Longstaff needs to get his head down, get back to his best, and then if a move does materialise, it will at least be a move he has earned.

Seriously, is Sean Longstaff good enough for Manchester United?

Yes

Yes

No

No

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