Newcastle United star Sean Longstaff: “You think it’s always going to be rosy, but it’s not like that,” as midfielder opens up about his struggles with mental health

A dejected Sean Longstaff of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St. James Park on January 13, 2024 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
Longstaff has played six seasons for Newcastle United (Image credit: Getty Images)

Newcastle United star Sean Longstaff’s career has had way more ups and downs than that of a typical 25-year-old professional footballer.

In 2019 he broke into Newcastle’s first-team under Rafa Benitez and very quickly established himself as a capable Premier League midfielder. He was influencing games, starting to score goals, and attracting attention from the England manager.

When Newcastle United travelled to West Ham in March 2019 he went head-to-head with another young, prospective England midfielder: Declan Rice. Gareth Southgate’s Assistant Manager, Steve Holland, was in the stands to observe the pair ahead of an imminent England squad announcement. Both players were in contention for their first senior international call-up.

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Matthew Ketchell
Deputy Editor

A former goalkeeper, Ketch joined FourFourTwo as Deputy Editor in 2022 having worked across ChronicleLive, LeedsLive, Hull Daily Mail, YorkshireLive, Teesside Gazette and the Huddersfield Examiner as a Northern Football Editor. Prior to that he was the Senior Writer at BBC Match of the Day magazine. He has interviewed the likes of Harry Kane, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gareth Southgate and attended two World Cup finals and a Champions League final. He has been a Newcastle United season ticket holder since 2000 and has an expensive passion for collecting classic football shirts.