In the last season, Sean Longstaff made his breakthrough at Newcastle United. Soon, the young English midfielder aroused the attention of Manchester United in the summer transfer window. If he had left in the summer, he would not have had the chance to play with his younger brother, Matthew, at the St James’ Park this season.
Matthew Longstaff became the headline of newspapers after his brilliant Premier League debut performance against United. He hit the bar in the first half and scored the vital winning goal after the break. Afterwards, in games against Chelsea and Wolves, the ‘Longstaff brothers’ partnered each other and started.
In these matches, even the experienced player, Jonjo Shelvey, was also left on the bench. The younger Longstaff produced some exciting performances that earned him a chance to renew his contract. When discussing Longstaff, Newcastle manager Steve Bruce also wished him to extend his contract.
Tactics of Newcastle
This part of the analysis is going to introduce some basic tactics of Bruce’s Newcastle, and the starting position of Longstaff.
Despite Rafael Benítez going to China in the summer, Newcastle continued developing the 5-4-1 formation of the Spaniard. Their key players Salomón Rondón and Ayoze Pérez both departed, and so the team bought new signings to replace them.
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