Manchester United is seeking to sign Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff and make him their third signing of the summer. The 21-year-old has been a target for the Red Devils even before the transfer window opened. In his debut season for the Magpies he only played nine games last season. According to 90mins.com, writer Will Imbo stated the midfielder’s abilities.
“Playing with a controlled ferocity and commanding presence, Longstaff’s composure, passing and tackling (more on this later) created a sense of calm throughout the Magpies midfield, and it was his effort in the incredible 2-1 win against Man City – where he won the decisive penalty to put the Toon ahead – that had fans losing their collective minds.”
Longstaff is also an excellent passer of the ball from a deep playmaking position in midfield. He made 32.6 passes per game, which was an 80.1% success rate with one assist. The defensive midfielder has a strong work rate, is a fantastic tackler and he also wins the ball cleanly. Here are some of his stats:
|Tackle Success Rate||76%|
The Newcastle native started his career at Newcastle United with their youth team in 2016 and was loaned out to Kilmarnock in 2017. In the 2017-18 season he went on loan to Blackpool.
Then in November 2018 he was rewarded by Rafa Benitez with a four-year contract when the youngster was promoted to the senior team. I can’t wait to see Manchester United sign this exciting young prospect. We need some youthful energy in midfield, especially when it comes to winning duels in the middle of the park for or recovering the ball in 50-50 duels or making interceptions.
I think that he would be a wonderful replacement for Nemanja Matic, although we already have Scott McTominay who could fill that role too. Sean Longstaff will definitely be an extraordinary addition to Manchester United’s squad.