Sean Longstaff believes his brother Matty has been ‘best player’ at Newcastle since pre-season training began – claiming he’s been unlucky not to play more.
This comes after the 19-year-old’s dream Premier League debut over the weekend, seeing him score the winner at the Gallowgate End – a magical moment that won’t be forgotten in a hurry by the 51,000 fans inside St James’ Park.
It wasn’t just his goal that caught the eye, however, with him being excellent both on and off the ball all afternoon – and his brother clearly feels it’s a moment he completely deserves after impressing on the training field over the past few months:
“I’m over the moon for him.
“I’ve known how hard he’s worked and, to be honest, from the first day of pre-season he’s been the best player.
“If I’m being honest, he’s been unlucky to be out the team with us struggling a little bit.
“He’s given us a breath of fresh air and I couldn’t be prouder of him.”
He may be biased as his brother, but this says a lot about just how much Matty has been impressing behind the scenes.
Sean is not the only player to come out and speak highly of the 19-year-old, with Fabian Schar also revealing how good he’s been in training over the past few weeks after Sunday’s game.
He’s been impressing at U-23 level for a while and Steve Bruce has had nothing but good things to say about him over the summer, with his pre-season form clearly eye-catching given he made his Premier League squad over Jack Colback and Henri Saivet.