With Ayoze Perez out of St. James’ Park following a reported £3om move to Leicester City according to BBC Sport, it is now looking seemingly likely that another star at Newcastle could be heading for the exit as well in the form of Sean Longstaff.
As reported by the Northern Echo, the 21-year-old midfielder is set to be the subject of a formal £25m offer from Manchester United with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eager to bring the age down in the Red Devils side considerably this summer.
Longstaff broke into the Newcastle side last season at the turn of the year following a string of impressive performances against the likes of Manchester City, where Pep Guardiola highlighted the youngster via the Chronicle as the reason to why the eventual Premier League champions were unable to get a result over the Toon Army.
As a scout report from the Manchester Evening News states, the youngster is the cog of the midfield, covering the creative players ahead of him and positioning himself to cut out passing lanes, and yet, Newcastle could do with the holding midfielder to be the player to get the crowd behind the club.
Indeed, when you compare the 21-year-old to Isaac Hayden and Mohamed Diame based on stats from WhoScored, it paints an interesting picture as to how impressive Longstaff was last season for Newcastle. The youngster made more blocks per game at 0.4 per game than both Newcastle midfielders to 0.2 and 0.3 as well as committing fewer fouls than the Magpies duo with 0.8 per game to 1.3 and 1.2.
Longstaff also averaged more interceptions per game than Diame at 1.1 to 1 despite the fact the Senegal midfielder played 1,478 more minutes than the Newcastle youngster, but after impressing last season for the Tyneside giants, it is seemingly likely the defensive midfielder would be in line to play more than the 688 minutes he managed last term.
With Diame released on a free and Hayden reportedly eager to leave the club this summer due to personal reasons via the Chronicle, Longstaff could be responsible for stepping up into some big shoes next season, and with Newcastle without a manager or any new players, the midfielder could grow into a more important role when the new campaign kicks off.
If he leaves, it could be bad news for not only the team but for a fanbase already venting their frustration.
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