By Russell Edge
Newcastle have confirmed that midfielder Sean Longstaff has left the club on a six-month loan to League One side Blackpool.
UNDER-23S: Sean Longstaff has joined League One side @BlackpoolFC on loan until January 2018
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 21, 2017
Longstaff, who is yet to make a senior appearance for the club yet, will be experiencing his first taste of English league football, although he has already had a run in a senior first team.
He spent last season on loan to Scottish side Kilmarnock, making 17 appearances during his time there, and will be hoping to add to his senior turn outs at Bloomfield Road.
Blackpool find themselves back in the third tier of English football having won promotion from League Two via the play-offs, beating Exeter City in the final.
The midfielder is highly rated at Newcastle, and reportedly earned himself a new two-year contract at the start of the month.
Football Insider verdict
Like many young footballers up and down the country, Longstaff is viewed as a promising player, but not quite up to the standard of first team football. He may have been hoping to secure minutes in the club’s cup matches, but playing week in, week out would aid his development much more than brief cameos. It also gives Newcastle the chance to run the rule over the youngster’s ability in English football, while the six month deal will mean a chance to reevaluate his position come January. Whatever happens, he will know this is his chance to prove himself at senior level, and what comes next will be down to him.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the Magpies are considering a move for a Championship youngster.