Eddie Howe has hailed Sean Longstaff’s emergence as one of his key players as one of Newcastle United as a “real success story”.
Just 12 months ago, Longstaff’s future has a question mark above it as negotiations went on over his future. Longstaff has made 40 appearances this season and his absence left a gaping hole in the midfield area against Arsenal underlining his importance.
Howe must take care with Longstaff’s foot injury but it appears to have been more of a hefty knock rather than a broken foot. Speaking of Longstaff’s role in the team, Howe said: “He’s become a huge part of our team. I’m delighted with Sean’s impact and we love him as a person.
“He trains really well every day, very consistent and he cares passionately, deeply about the club, so it’s a real success story, so I’m delighted for him.”
Howe is eager to give more local players an opportunity with Elliot Anderson the next young star eyeing a run in the team. With Lewis Miley now deemed another bright prospect, Howe was asked the importance of having Academy products in the squad.
He said: “They’re so passionate. The Geordies within the squad are very special to us, we really respect them and they bring a uniqueness about them.
“They’ve seen everything, that’s the beauty. They’ve seen the difficult times, they’ve seen the struggles, so now when they’re sat in this position, they really appreciate it, they appreciate the training ground improvements and everything that they’re seeing the club build upwards. They take great pride, I think, in seeing the club do well.”
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