By Harvey Byrne
Premier League rivals Bournemouth sent a talent spotter to watch Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff who is currently on loan at League One side Blackpool at the weekend, according to a report.
The Chronicle has claimed that the Cherries are long-term admirers of the 19-year-old and alongside the south coast club’s scout there were also eyes from each of Bristol City, Barnsley and Bolton as he played the full 90 minutes alongside providing an assist in Blackpool’s 3-1 win over Oxford.
Longstaff himself is currently on loan at the English third tier side until January and has already bagged four goals while turning provider on three occasions in seven matches in all competitions.
He also spent the second half of the last campaign on loan in Scotland with Kilmarnock, where he returned three goals in 17 matches for the Premiership club.
The young hotshot has also entered the final year of his contract at Newcastle and the north east giants may now face a battle in order to keep hold of him.
Football Insider verdict:
It is not yet clear how good Longstaff actually is and if he ever will be good enough for the Newcastle team. His stats in the English third tier read well, but there is a huge gap in quality between League One and the Premier League. Additionally, at 19 players of big potential are already contending for places in their parent clubs first team and Longstaff hasn’t even made his senior debut for Newcastle. Therefore, while it is clear there is some talent there, he may not be too much of a loss for the Magpies if he does elect to leave at the end of his contract.
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