Sean Longstaff says he is relishing the battle for a starting spot in Newcastle United’s midfield. Academy graduate Longstaff has been a regular starter for the Magpies over the past month and played a key role in the recent 2-1 victory at home to defending champions Manchester City.
The 21-year-old, who was born in North Shields, has received huge praise for his performances and has developed a good understanding alongside Isaac Hayden in the centre of midfield.
With Mohamed Diame, Jonjo Shelvey and Ki Sung Yueng all back in contention for Monday’s trip to Wolves, Longstaff is facing a battle to keep his place although he is looking forward to the extra competition. “I think the other lads are pretty much fit now, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens,” he told the Chronicle. “For me, it’s about keeping working hard.
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I’m just trying to do enough to stay in the manager’s thoughts. “When you’ve got top players like Jonjo, Mo and Ki coming back, it’s going to be tough, but that’s all part of the game. It’s good for me that I’ll be able to train against them every day. If there are more opportunities, that’ll be great. “It’s great to have your top players back – any team wants their top players available. It’ll be good for us – more bodies around. I think everyone’s looking forward to having them back.”