To say he’s taken his chance in the team following injuries to Ki, Diame and Shelvey would be an understatement, with him almost seeming undroppable if mantains his current high level of performance.
He’s since received huge praise from the likes of Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer and our very own Rafa Benitez, with his class on the ball and impressive engine off the ball also said to be catching the eye of Gareth Southgate.
Here’s the Q&A he did with Match of the Day Mag after picking up ‘Young Star of the Month’ award for January:
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE NAMED YOUNG STAR OF THE MONTH?
“The last month or so has been great for me. As much as it’s my award, it’s a culmination of a lot of people helping me to get to this stage!”
WERE YOU ANNOYED YOUR JINK AROUND VIRGIL VAN DIJK DIDN’T MAKE THE MATCH OF THE DAY HIGHLIGHTS CUT AFTER YOUR DEBUT AT ANFIELD ON BOXING DAY?
“Haha! A little bit, yeah!
“We only had a couple of chances in the game so I thought I was definitely going to get on [the MOTD highlights] on my debut, but it wasn’t to be. But the whole experience of that day, and to be on the pitch with some of those players, was amazing and if that had somehow gone in, it would have just capped off what was a great day for me!”
WHERE WILL YOU KEEP THE AWARD?S
“Me and my brother [Matthew, who plays for Newcastle’s U-23s] have a little trophy room where we’ve got all the trophies from when we were little kids, so it’ll probably end up going in that room.
“My dad [David, who played ice hockey for Great Britain] has some stuff up in that room as well, so hopefully over the years we can add more stuff to it!”
Well deserved. What a month and a half it’s been for Longstaff – a player who’s already proven that he’s more than capable of cutting it at Premier League level.