Newcastle United captain Jamaal Lascelles has told Sky Sports News that Matty Longstaff was just what the club needed.
Longstaff was handed his debut before the international break and he made an instant impact. The 19-year-old scored the winner against Manchester United at St James’ Park to cap a memorable day for him.
Lascelles believes Newcastle needed a player with the drive, enthusiasm and youthful exuberance of Longstaff. Having waited for his opportunity, the teenager brought a new dimension to Newcastle.
Lascelles on Longstaff
Magpies skipper Lascelles told Sky Sports: “I’m buzzing for him since he’s come into the squad. Everything we do, he is up for it. He’s fit, he works hard and always gives extra. What you do know is that he is a young Geordie lad who is going to roll his sleeves up and play with his heart.
“Straight after the Leicester game we needed players to be like that, he was a prime example of what you can get from that. His goal got us the three points, I’m over the moon for him. You see all these big teams signing players for millions of pounds from overseas and everywhere else, Matty was not long ago training down with the reserve team.”
Longstaff has earned his chance in the Newcastle team through hard work, graft and determination. He has brought new energy to the team with his unmatched desire to represent his boyhood club.
Every good team needs a combination of characters and Newcastle were perhaps lacking the Longstaff-style player. Alongside his brother Sean, Newcastle could have two local heroes leading them into a new era.