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Can Longstaff push Ki or Shelvey for a first-team spot after signing a new contract?

(Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

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Can Longstaff push Ki or Shelvey for a first-team spot after signing a new contract?

Sean Longstaff has signed a new four-year deal at Newcastle. Can he now break into the first-team?

Sean Longstaff has committed his future to Newcastle United, penning a new four-year deal, the club’s official website has confirmed.

Longstaff’s deal was due to expire in the summer, with Celtic eyeing a swoop.

But the promising young midfielder has decided to sign a new contract with Newcastle.

After sorting out his future, can the 21-year-old kick on and starting pushing for a first-team spot at St James’ Park?

Longstaff was on the substitutes’ bench for Newcastle as they were beaten by West Ham last weekend.

 

That was the fourth time that Longstaff has made the bench for the Magpies in the Premier League this season but he is yet to make his league debut for Newcastle.

(Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

In previous loan spells, the technically gifted midfield man has represented Kilmarnock and Blackpool.

Now he will be eyeing a breakthrough at Newcastle – the club he grew up supporting.

Rafa Benitez rates Longstaff highly and gave him his senior debut in Newcastle’s EFL Cup loss against Nottingham Forest earlier this season.

And Longstaff will want more competitive action after getting a taste of senior football.

Ki Sung-yueng, Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame are currently performing well in central midfield but any injuries or dips in form could present Longstaff with his chance to shine.

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