It’d be fair to say that this season has proven to be a reasonably disappointing one for Sean Longstaff after his breakthrough under Rafa Benitez last term. After all, this is a man who Manchester United reportedly wanted to sign months after Pep Guardiola claimed his Manchester City could handle him and Louise Taylor of the Guardian compared to Michael Carrick.
However, this time around, it’s not been far from plain sailing for the 22-year-old. Under Steve Bruce, Jonjo Shelvey has largely been preferred in the ball-playing central midfield role alongside Isaac Hayden and Andrew Musgrove of the Chronicle conceded the academy graduate was playing at ‘nowhere near’ as well as he had been.
So, during what was another disappointing performance away at Everton earlier this evening despite a late comeback, Longstaff was absolutely torn into. As per WhoScored, the midfielder lost possession 3 times, the most of any Toon player, invoking the ire of supporters online. With that in mind, here’s a look at some of it.
Sean Longstaff, said it countless times, isn’t good enough since injury return. Take anything we can for him
— Dan (@danmcfady3n) January 21, 2020
Can we just get rid of Sean longstaff hes offered nothing all season
— Karl M (@razorscharp) January 21, 2020
Tell ya what, Sean Longstaff's head hasn't been in the right place all season #NUFC
— Pasty Guy (@Joeeeeeee_96) January 21, 2020
— Lee (@lee_wilson1) January 21, 2020
— ianmarshall. (@IJM9694) January 21, 2020