Newcastle United fans are rightly getting excited about the future of midfielder Sean Longstaff. The 21-year-old thrived on loan at Blackpool last season and is now finding his way into the Newcastle first-team.
In midweek, he scored his first goal for the club, as a deflected strike flew past Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper David Raya in their FA Cup replay win at Ewood Park.
It was a great moment for the young midfielder and Newcastle fans are hopeful they will see plenty more from him.
However, in the same game, one of Blackburn’s goalscorers showed how quickly things can go wrong at Newcastle.
Adam Armstrong scored for Blackburn to bring the Championship side back into the tie. It was his seventh goal of the season for the club.
Of course, he also came through the ranks at Newcastle.
It might even be a surprise to hear he is the same age as Longstaff, considering how long Armstrong has seemingly been around.
When he made his debut in 2014 as a teenager he was quickly tipped for stardom at Newcastle. A sensational loan spell at Coventry City also helped that belief.
But Armstrong could never take his chance at Newcastle and Longstaff must avoid a similar fate.
Fortunately, Newcastle appear to have done things better with Longstaff. The midfielder is now mature enough to handle first-team football at St James’ Park. There is an argument that, perhaps, Armstrong was thrust into the team too early in his development.
Longstaff will now hope to prove the Newcastle fans who have been singing his praises right in their assessment of him as a future Toon hero.