And Taylor was impressed by what he saw from the youngster: “He had a great season 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 squad soon.”
Longstaff doesn’t seem to be a million miles away from the Newcastle first team. The midfielder was superb on loan 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 Magpies 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 Newcastle 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.