By Paul Robinson

29th Feb, 2020 | 12:00pm

Exclusive: Paul Robinson reacts as 'Outstanding' Newcastle player reveals '19 offer

Paul Robinson insists that Newcastle United were lucky Rafael Benitez turned down Rangers’ attempts to sign Sean Longstaff in 2019.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and Leeds goalkeeper insists that the 22-year-old has emerged as an “outstanding” talent at St James’ Park.

The promising midfielder revealed to NUFC TV that the Glasgow giants had made a move to sing him in January 2019 but that Benitez turned it down, handing him his first Premier League start shortly after.

Robinson says the Gers’ hunt for the boyhood Magpie shows Gerrard’s ability to spot talented players but that Newcastle have benefitted greatly from their old manager’s decision.

Robinson told Football Insider: “Lucky for Newcastle because they got an outstanding player, him and his brother are two outstanding players.

“Had he gone up to Rangers it shows what an eye Steven Gerrard’s got for players. He’s nurtured a lot of youngsters, a lot of young talents. He’s blended the experience in with the likes of Steven Davis and Jermain Defoe.

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“It’s obviously to Newcastle’s gain that he didn’t go up north.” 

Longstaff, who has established himself as a first-team regular on Tyneside, has played 37 times for the club, his first league start coming against Chelsea last January.

He has been joined by younger brother Matty in Steve Bruce’s squad this season, the promising starlet netting on his Premier League debut against Manchester United.

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