Newcastle fans on Twitter were delighted with young midfielder Sean Longstaff’s performance against Cardiff in what was a crucial relegation six-pointer.
The 21-year-old was making his second start of the season against the Bluebirds and showed composure beyond his years to help the Magpies to a simple 3-0 win against Neil Warnock’s men.
Some fans have even compared him to a young Michael Carrick in the way that he controls the midfield and always looks for a forward pass, and whilst that may be a bit of an overreaction, Longstaff certainly has bags of potential.
Having struck his first ever senior goal for the Tynesiders against Blackburn in the FA Cup recently, hopes are high that Longstaff will make fans forget about Mike Ashley’s ineptitude and a lack of signings, and instead give them something to cheer about in the form of a burgeoning homegrown talent.
Let’s take a look at how Magpies supporters reacted to the 21-year-old’s display…
Fair play to Longstaff … the lad has definitely grasped his opportunity, and shown to a much wider audience the potential he has . The fact he's made it difficult for Diame and Shelvey to waltz back in to the starting 11 shows just how well he's done! #nufc #hardworkpaysoff
— Adam Jones (@headlampharry) January 20, 2019
#toon need to tie Longstaff down to a big contract and start building a team around him, the kid is going places! Him along with Dubs, Schar, Ljuene, Fern, is a solid defensive unit, buy Rondon and two wide players, we b good! #nufc
— Atul Malhotra (@ATU1L) January 20, 2019
Three games in and Longstaff is being compared to Carrick – let’s not get carried away with crazy statements #NUFC
— Lewis Patterson (@LewisP_SJ) January 20, 2019
What I liked most about Longstaff yesterday, on only his 2nd start in the PL, was when he attempted a bit of a difficult pass over the top, it just missed his man, but still had confidence to play it again a few mins later.. also didn’t come off, still his head didn’t drop #NUFC
— Rafferty's Jukebox (@PercyArmsDisco) January 20, 2019
Sean Longstaff looked promising y-day. Hopefully he's nurtured correctly and can come thru the ranks and establish himself in the first team. Bigger tests to come. Good luck lad. #NUFC
— Michael Martin (@tfMichael1892) January 20, 2019
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Sean Longstaff is some boy like. Start him every week, superb performance once again #nufc
— botch (@BOTCHY96) January 19, 2019