Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has hailed the abilities of the 'tremendous' Sean Longstaff but admitted it has been hard to watch the youngster excel in his position in central midfield.
The former Liverpool man has played just 48 minutes of Premier League football since Christmas Day, having been frustrated by injury.
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"I'll be honest, it's hard to watch someone go into your position," Shelvey said. "At the end of the day, they're still your mates as well. I can't speak highly enough of Longy, he's been absolutely tremendous.
"He's so composed on the ball and for such a young lad, he plays like he's been there and done it all. He's a top lad and he's going to have a fantastic career ahead of him."
Longstaff started the campaign with the Under-23s, where he made ten starts in the Premier League 2, scoring once and grabbing four assists along the way. It wasn't until Boxing Day that