Matty Longstaff has had a bit of a whirlwind summer thus far. He’s broken into the first-team in pre-season and scored that wonder goal at St James Park against St-Etienne.
With the summer transfer window closing soon for League One and League Two clubs, there is still a slight chance Matty could go out on loan. However, we think those chances are very slim.
Newcastle have only four recognized central midfielders in the squad other than Matty in Jonjo Shelvey, Sean Longstaff, Isaac Hayden, and Ki Sung-yueng. With such little depth at a position where three are called upon to start, it looks almost certain that Matty will remain at Newcastle to provide cover.
This is quite the change for young Matty who we would have expected to still be in the U23s or about to go out on loan just a few short months ago.
Matty Longstaff– what a moment at St James Park
The Chronicle has published some comments by young Matty about how his fortunes have drastically changed for the better over the past few months. This is what Matty has said about being involved with the first-team:
“I’ve loved every minute of it, and I can’t thank Steve Bruce and his coaching staff enough.
“They’ve helped me every day. They’ve trusted me to go and play. When I have got on, I’m doing enough to stay around the place and remain part of the squad.
“By staying here, even training with the lads everyday will help you improve. These are some of the best players around. If I can learn from them, it’ll be great for me.”
“At the start of pre-season my aim was to get out on loan, but pre-season went well, and I’ve remained in the squad.
“It was completely different to the way it was mapped out.”
We would expect Matty to at least make the bench if not start on Wednesday’s cup match against Leicester City. It will be quite the moment for the nineteen-year-old to make his debut for his hometown club. Hopefully, we will get to witness that soon.
Matty followed up with comments about his big brother Sean. What Sean has done will serve as inspiration for not only Matty but other youngsters trying to break into the Newcastle first-team.
Here is what Matty has said about his older brother and his impact on others at the club:
“You see what he did last year, and you look to try to replicate what he’s done. Having him around is great, but all the other lads have helped me as well. It’s been a learning curve for me.”
It could be a Longstaff midfield for years to come at Newcastle. If they both can reach their potential, that would be fine with us.