Eddie Howe names Newcastle United player he’s ‘loved’ helping on training pitch

Sean Longstaff had a “frustrating” time under Steve Bruce at Newcastle United.

Longstaff had a two-month spell out of the team the season before last. However, the midfielder’s got back into his stride under Eddie Howe.

The 24-year-old’s played in every game so far this season, and Howe – who fielded Longstaff in midfield with Bruno Guimaraes and Joelinton against Everton in midweek – has spoken about his form ahead of tomorrow’s game against Tottenham Hotspur.

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Kieran Trippier and Sean Longstaff after Newcastle United's win at Craven Cottage earlier this month.

“Really pleased with Sean,” said Howe. “When we came in, I was immediately hit with a lovely lad, really good character, Newcastle through-and-through, loves the club, wanted the club to do really well.

“And, obviously, he had his own individual aims and ambitions, to nail down a starting spot in the team and really contribute. I’ve loved working with him, really enjoyed our relationship.

“For me, he’s improved a lot in a lot of aspects of his game, worked hard on different bits in and out of possession. I really loved him athletically, he gets around the pitch brilliantly, up and down.

"You can see the ground that he covers every week, incredible distances, but he’s also got a creative eye around the box. He’s been integral to some really good play on the right-hand side of the pitch.”

Howe has used Longstaff in a more advanced role than Guimaraes in recent games, though the Newcastle-born player is capable of playing in a deeper position.

“When he plays slightly further forward, you see the athletic side of his game maybe more than when he’s slightly deeper,” said United’s head coach.

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"“He has to be maybe a little bit cuter in decisions in terms of when he releases and when he holds, but I do like him deeper as well, as he’s got a really good passing range.

"He’s play some really good attacking passes for us, whether that’s short, breaking lines passes – or longer.

"He’s got a lot of good qualities to his game, and it’s about developing that continually now for him to hit his very best levels.”

Newcastle are sixth in the Premier League table.