Craig Dean worked with exciting Newcastle youngster for six years; could he persuade Leeds to make bid?

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to kick off in the Sky Bet Championship League match between Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers, at Elland Road Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Leeds,...

Craig Dean has now joined Leeds United, so could he convince the Championship side to make a bid for a player he saw develop at Newcastle United?

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to kick off in the Sky Bet Championship League match between Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers, at Elland Road Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Leeds,...

Leeds have recently bolstered their backroom team by appointing Craig Dean as head of emerging talent, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post, with the former Oxford United man tasked with searching for potential signings aged between 17 and 21.

Before Dean's roles at Oxford and with the FA, he spent six years working in a similar role at Newcastle, and that would have presented him with the opportunity to work with one Magpies youngster who is currently attracting plenty of attention.

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

Sean Longstaff is yet to feature for the Newcastle first-team, but he has been shining out on loan with Blackpool, scoring four and contributing two assists in League One - including one in the 3-1 victory over Dean's old side Oxford last month. 

The Daily Mail reported back in September that there were other Premier League sides looking at Longstaff - who is currently set to remain at Bloomfield Road until January - and weighing up whether to make a move, so perhaps Leeds should use their connections and join the race.

Dean will know Longstaff well, with the youngster arriving at St James' Park one year before Dean's own arrival in 2007, and the newly-appointed Leeds man will know just how much potential the midfielder boasts.

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to kick off in the Sky Bet Championship League match between Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers, at Elland Road Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Leeds,...

Newcastle may want to keep hold of Longstaff, but they may also feel that it may be best to let him go if they cannot offer the pathway to the first-team that he will surely now be craving given the interest in him.

And if the Magpies do feel that selling makes the most sense, then perhaps Dean may want to try and persuade Victor Orta to try and bring Longstaff in to realise his potential at Elland Road.

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