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Sean Longstaff shines in Newcastle’s midfield again

09:18 GMT+3 27/02/2019
Sean Longstaff
Newcastle United’s 21-year-old midfielder makes another positive impact as Newcastle beat an in-form Burnley.

Alan Shearer had already praised Longstaff’s impact in Newcastle’s previous game. He scored Newcastle's second goal and his first at St James' Parks.
The Newcastle born midfielder was given the opportunity of first team football by Rafa Benitez since the start of the new year. This was a result of Ki Sung-yueng being called up to play for his national side South Korea in the AFC Asian Cup in the UAE

The South Korean returned to Tyneside after he got injured in that tournament only to discover he had lost his place in the Newcastle side when he recovered. Ki Sung-yueng has since retired from International football stating it was time to focus on his club football.

 

Benitez said that Longstaff “is working hard, listening to staff and learning which is the main thing”.

"Having a young lad from the academy is a great example for people to follow. It is ideal for any club to have players through academy because they are cheaper and they give you more."

 

Fabian Schär also made another good impact keeping a clean sheet and scoring a 30-yard rocket.

Newcastle’s next game is against West Ham on Saturday.