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Longstaff continues to shine during Blackpool loan

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Newcastle loanee Sean Longstaff kept up his brilliant form by scoring the decisive goal in Blackpool’s victory over AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

The 19-year-old midfielder joined Blackpool in the summer on a six-month loan and has hit the ground running for the League One Club.

He helped his side record a 1-0 home win at the weekend as he rifled in a right-footed shot in the 52nd minute.

Longstaff is currently in red-hot form and has now scored in his last four consecutive games, which makes him one of the best goalscorers in League One as it stands.

The central midfielder has managed to find an eye for goal and is already becoming a firm fan favourite at Blackpool as he continues to be the match winner.

Newcastle will be keeping a close eye on the teenager after sending him away from St James’ Park on a short-term loan and the academy product is being tipped for a big future.

Longstaff spent the second half of last season out on loan at Scottish top-flight club Kilmarnock and is continuing to develop away from the North East club.

Newcastle have fallen short of producing youth talents in recent years and will be hoping that the midfielder could become the next breakout star.

OPINION

Longstaff has made a dream start to his career at Blackpool and if he continues it won’t be too long until Rafael Benitez has to consider him for the first team. The midfielder may only be performing in League One, but he is still just a 19-year-old and is showing the promise to become a regular first teamer. His goals from midfield are something that Newcastle need and it will be interesting to see how far he has developed in January. All the youngster can do is continue to impress with Blackpool and his chance will come. Tottenham’s Dele Alli is a perfect example of making the huge jump from League One star to the Premier League in a short space of time and while Longstaff is no Alli, he could be ready for a chance at St James’ Park sooner rather than later.

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