Sean Longstaff now shares what Eddie Howe has been telling him he needs to add to his game
Newcastle United’s final warm-up game before the season restarts ended in a 2-1 victory over Rayo Vallecano.
Eddie Howe’s side got a good run-out in the sub-zero temperatures of the North East, a stark contrast to their warm weather training camp in Saudi Arabia.
Shelvey’s development into a deep-lying playmaker has given the likes of Longstaff more freedom to get forward.
The 25-year-old certainly benefitted from being further up the pitch, scoring the first goal in the opening minutes.
The midfielder would have pleased with his run out, ahead of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup tie against Bournemouth.
Longstaff admitted after the game that he’d been working on his shooting in training.
He said that Howe had been wanting his midfielders to score more goals.
His impressive finish yesterday showed he’s certainly capable of contributing more on that front.
Longstaff working on goal scoring in training
“I’ve been speaking with the gaffer and his staff and it’s obviously something I want to add more to my game,” Longstaff said.
“I’m trying to get into more forward areas, and tried to take it early as possible and luckily it went in.
“Any midfielder that scores goals, people’s perception of you goes way higher or you look much better.
“If you’re adding goals to the team, you’re adding another string to your bow and you’re going to help the team.
“Not just me, the other midfielders as well, it’s something we’re trying to add, and we’re working on it every day and having competitions in training to try and score more goals.”
Howe would have wanted the 25-year-old to have been working on his shooting in training after seeing his goal scoring stats.
Longstaff has never scored more than once in a league campaign for Newcastle, and already has his goal for this season.
The media were impressed with his overall performance yesterday, and his form doesn’t appear to have suffered over the break.
Howe has admitted he would miss Longstaff if he didn’t put him in his starting line-up.
If he can add more goals to his game, he’ll become an essential member of the Newcastle team.
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