Matty Longstaff saw his dream come alive against Manchester United on October 6th. He scored a game-winning goal in his Premier League debut. The 19-year-old went on to start the next two games and looked the part in the heart of the Newcastle team alongside his big brother Sean.
However, in the disappointing draw against Wolves, Sean received a straight red for his tackle on Reuben Neves. Due to the sending off, Sean was set for a spell on the sidelines.
As it turned out, Matty has also seen himself out of the team as well. Steve Bruce has instead opted for a midfield pairing of Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden, which has worked out well for Newcastle with two straight wins.
Sean has spoken about the situation that both he and his brother are facing. Sean is disappointed to be suspended, but he also feels for his brother Matty. This is what Sean had to say as published in the Chronicle:
“That’s football, isn’t it? Things aren’t going to go your way all the time. From my point of view, I knew I wasn’t going to play (against West Ham), but I thought Matty would.
“When he got left out, I was obviously really disappointed for him, but the manager made a decision and Jonjo came in and scored and Isaac came in and did really well. It’s a squad game at the end of the day and we’re going to need everyone.
“We’ll look to push up the table, which everyone in the dressing room thinks we can. It’s disappointing not to be playing, but you are a team, and the only way you’re going to be successful is with everyone doing their bit.
“Hopefully, for me, this is my little break from the team, and when I come back, I can get back in as soon as possible and get back to where I was.”
As quite a few players have seen this season, a stint on the sideline or a run in the team is only a game away. While Matty Longstaff was the toast of the town for a few weeks, he has seen two of his teammates put in top performances and are likely to keep their place at Aston Villa on Monday.
However, there are nine games over the next five weeks, so both Matty and Sean need to be ready to stake a claim when their names are called. It’s unlikely they won’t feature during the busy winter schedule. When they get their chance again, they need to be prepared to make it count.