Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff has looked back at the transfer rumours in the summer. Longstaff, who was a £50m-plus target for Manchester United (as per Sky Sports News), admits he was “distracted by the outside noise” in an interview with NUFC TV.
Longstaff was wanted by Man United after an impressive debut season in the Premier League. The young central midfielder played nine Premier League matches and scored his first league goal against Burnley. Rafa Benitez gave him his chance after he netted against Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup.
Longstaff on those £50m exit rumours
During his interview with NUFC TV, published on the club’s website, Longstaff said: “You can sometimes get distracted by the outside noise and maybe for a little bit in the summer I was a bit.
“It’s hard not to whenever you go anywhere you see your face on the front of a newspaper and you turn the telly on people are talking about you. And it’s not like they’re talking about little things, they’re talking about things that can change your life really.”
Despite barely featuring for Newcastle’s first-team, Longstaff was so impressive that he was in contention for an England call-up and a £50m move to Man United. Injury curtailed his progress but he has since made four appearances this season with one assist to his name.
Longstaff is yet to hit the heights he did last season but that must be expected given his long-term injury lay-off. With each game, he is progressing and he will only get better. The 21-year-old is an exciting talent for the present and the future at St James’ Park.
It is imperative that Newcastle keep Longstaff for a while. He is exactly what the club needs; a homegrown local lad who supported the Magpies as a boy. Longstaff can be the poster boy for the new era at Newcastle if his head is not turned by speculation.