Matty Longstaff had a Premier League debut to remember yesterday, crashing in the winning goal for his local club Newcastle United against Manchester United.
Jamie Redknapp was in the Sky Sports studio to watch the youngster win the day for the Magpies, and offered his thoughts to the Daily Mail about what the midfielder did on and off the pitch.
He said: “The interview with Newcastle’s 19-year-old match-winner Matty Longstaff and his big brother Sean on Sky Sports was brilliant. These are two talented footballers but both are so modest.
“Matty insisted his strike was a ‘hit and hope’ but I’m not buying that. He knew what he was doing. He let the ball go across his body, waited for the right moment, hit his shot pure and it sealed a super win over Manchester United. It repaid Steve Bruce’s faith in him.”
TBR’s View – Young midfielder deserves all the plaudits from Redknapp
Redknapp may have his detractors as a pundit but he knows what it takes to make it as a central midfielder in the top flight.
So when he declares himself an admirer of the second Longstaff brother to break through at Newcastle in as many seasons, it shows just how good he is.
Longstaff was exceptional against Manchester United; tenacious, courageous and full of composure when the moment came to win his side the game.
The challenge he faces now is maintaining his consistency but playing alongside his older brother may help him along with that.