Date: 26th November 2018 at 3:51pm
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Former United defender Steven Taylor has tipped young midfielder to make an imminent breakthrough into the first team.

The two players both spent last in League One, Taylor with Peterborough United and Longstaff on at Blackpool.

And Taylor was impressed by what he saw from the youngster: “He had a great with Blackpool and it shows in the way he plays. He’s got an eye for goal and he scored a couple of screamers last season,” he told Tribal Football.

“He’s training and playing with quality players, he’s getting some great experience and he shows his class. Hopefully he keeps it up and he’ll break into the soon.”

OPINION

Longstaff doesn’t seem to be a million miles away from the first team. The midfielder was superb on at Blackpool last campaign and he’ll be looking at a first team breakthrough as the next step in his development. A ringing endorsement from a  legend in Taylor certainly won’t harm his chances in that regard. He is an exciting attacking midfielder who scores goals and creates chances, which is kind of what are missing at the moment. Rafael Benitez’s side aren’t getting many goals from midfield and that needs to change at some point this season. Longstaff showed he can do that with Blackpool, now it’s about demonstrating that he is capable of replicating his success at the highest level. Newcastle aren’t overloaded with central midfielders at the moment so it’s not a stretch to imagine him playing for the first team regularly at some point this campaign.