Super Agent Or Not, Sean Longstaff Must First Prove His Worth at Newcastle

It's funny how quickly things can change in football, or in this case, how slowly.

Just a year ago, the footballing world appeared to be gathering at the feet of young midfielder Sean Longstaff, after a breakthrough end to the 2018/19 season saw him emerge as Newcastle's next great hope.

With an unerring similarity to fellow Geordie, Michael Carrick, his midfield performances under Rafa Benitez towards the end of that campaign suggested he could become the next big star to emerge in the north east - following in the footsteps of famous sons of years gone by, including Alan Shearer, Paul Gascoigne, Bobby and Jack Charlton.

Those comparisons sound farfetched now, but after scoring in the 2-0 win over Burnley at St James' Park in February 2019, there was genuine feeling that Longstaff could be the real deal.