After a stellar performance in the heart of midfield against Manchester United on Saturday evening, Matty Longstaff has warranted the heaps of praise that he has received from all over the footballing community.
One of those to commend the 19-year-old and display their delight for him was teammate Fabian Schar. The Swiss international was watching on from centre-back as Jetro Willems used his trickery out on the left-wing, before laying Longstaff off to smartly drill the ball home from outside of the box.
“I’m really happy for him”, Schar said to the club’s official website. “The last weeks, he trained very well, so I knew he would do a great job. He deserves to play and to score his first goal against a team like Man United, it is – of course – a perfect day for him.”
What a goal it was, indeed. However, it wasn’t just Longstaff’s strike that lauded him plaudits for his performance in central midfield alongside his older brother Sean Longstaff. The former was a ‘bundle of energy on and off the ball’ (via NUFC Blog) and was intent on pressing at the right times, doing his all to win the ball back for the Magpies, as well as his ambition (from Steve Bruce via the Daily Mail) on it.
The midfielder produced the second-highest amount of long balls in the Newcastle team outfield team (7) as well as the most passes out of anyone in their side (42, via WhoScored), speaking to his overall impact on the game outside of his goal.
Schar spoke some wise words off the back of the result that sees Newcastle lifted out of the relegation zone thanks to a Longstaff winner helped by such a solid team effort.
Frankly, his display on Saturday could prove to be the catalyst needed to ignite the start of a successful spell in the side as it is something he can now build on to try and continue impressing Steve Bruce.
Which brother can go further in the game?
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