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Rob Lee exclusively told Football FanCast that Sean Longstaff should forget about a possible transfer to Tottenham Hotspur and focus on enjoying his time with Newcastle United.
The former Magpies midfielder believes Longstaff has fallen from the heights fans saw from the academy product following his 2018 graduation from Rafa Benitez, and should focus on regaining his form before even considering a route out of Tyneside.
Longstaff has been linked to a possible trade to Spurs from José Mourinho for the Daily mail after changing his agent to be represented by Pini Zahavi, who is said to have told people close to the 23-year-old that he could orchestrate a deal.
Is Longstaff ready to play one of the top six in the Premier League?
If he has the talent
No it’s not good enough
Zahavi is known as ‘Mr Fix It’ for his record of brokering player deals, including current Spurs midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who Everton interest rejected to ensure that he would join Mourinho’s team from Southampton in the summer.
Lee would urge Longstaff to be cautious in following Hojbjerg and Telles in allowing Zahavi to negotiate a deal, as Toon’s talent would only stay on Tottenham’s bench.
“If you have an agent like that, sometimes they might push you to do things that maybe you shouldn’t do. I don’t know who his agent was before. I don’t know why he left his agent, but it seems like maybe you get carried away by who Pini Zahavi is and what players he got and how he moved them, ”Lee told Football FanCast.
“It doesn’t always work for me. Yes, he has played more than 30 games, he did well [but] He hasn’t reached the heights he reached when he first arrived this year, perhaps it’s because the teams aren’t playing well. He’s had a couple of little bumps and I think sometimes you have to forget about all that and move on and enjoy playing football.
“It seems the kids have a lot more on their minds now about moving, cars and houses and they just enjoy playing soccer. It goes so fast. I tell my children to enjoy it at whatever level they are playing because it goes very fast. And you want to play independently.
“It doesn’t make sense for me to go to Spurs or Man United and not play, what’s the point? The idea of you becoming a soccer player is to play soccer, you enjoy soccer, you want to play soccer and for me, once you played 100 games and played at a great level and scored goals and knocked on the door of England, so if you want to get around and feel like Newcastle is not the place for you, then go for it. “
Longstaff has been linked with a shift to North London earlier, after the Spurs scouted the 23-year-old in the middle of his search deep in the engine room, and the promising youngsters were seen as his best bet to solve an area he had needed care for a few years. .
It remains to be seen whether they decide to seek a deal in the New Year, while Longstaff, who was summoned to Manchester United 50 million pounds for last year – is believed be interested in staying at St. James’ Park, where discussions on a new contract are expected to begin soon.
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