He might be biased as his sibling, but Bruce has spoken highly of the 19-year-old ever since he took the job at St James’ Park, with the likes of Schar, Lascelles and Dummett also giving glowing reviews from what they’ve seen both on and off the training pitch.
Here’s what Sean’s told the Chronicle about his younger brother this week, explaining why he’s earned his place in Steve Bruce’s senior squad:
“There’s a reason why the manager has him up with us. He’s been brilliant in training every day. He has the quality and the composure,”
“You could see against Man United just a minute into the game he was pinging diagonal balls from 40 or 50 yards.
“It’s great to see because he breeds confidence around the team.”
His performances with the reserves were impressive last season and he looked the part in pre-season, but we’re really starting to see just how highly-rated he is behind the scenes – both by Bruce and his fellow teammates.
Sean is never going to have a bad word to say about his brother, but I found it interesting that he stated in that brilliant post-match interview with Sky Sports that Matty had been ‘the best players’ (presumably on the training pitch) since pre-season began.
As Rob Elliot echoed earlier this week, we must harness out expectations, however. His all round performance and winning goal against Man Utd was stunning, but let’s remember he’s still only 19 and far from the finished article just yet.