By Russell Edge
Young Newcastle midfielder Sean Longstaff has agreed to a deal which will see him go out on loan to League One side Blackpool, according to a report.
HITC Sport claim that the Magpies have been seeking a temporary deal for the promising 19-year-old in order to aid his development, with them viewing first team football at senior level more beneficial than playing for the Under-23s.
He is said to be highly rated on Tyneside and is set to be at St James’ Park until at least 2019 having reportedly signed a new contract at the start of the month.
It is reported that the loan move to Blackpool will be an inital six-month deal, with it being Longstaff’s second temporary move in as many seasons, having made 17 appearances for Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock during the last campaign.
Football Insider verdict
If Rafael Benitez believes that Longstaff is not going to be fighting for a place in the first team this season, then a loan move to a league club seems like the best option for his development. Playing at Under-23 level will not offer him the same cut-and-thrust environment of being in and around a first team squad, and he will be given the chance to prove himself week in, week out. The six month length of the contract works for Newcastle too – if he is proving himself in League One, then there is every chance a Championship side might make a move for him, giving him experience at an even higher level. Either way, it seems like a sensible decision from the Newcastle manager, who will continually be looking to improve the club from top to bottom.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the Magpies are eyeing up a move for a Championship starlet.