Newcastle teenager Matty Longstaff made his first-team debut in the Carabao Cup penalty shoot-out defeat at home to Leicester last night.
As per the Daily Mail, Steve Bruce didn’t know about Longstaff five weeks ago but he has now impressed his new boss to the extent he gave him his first-team bow.
And as per the Newcastle official website, he said: “The fans were great and you get a real buzz when you get to play here. To make my first competitive game for Newcastle is always good. I’ve got the experience now and playing against a top team in Leicester.
“At 19, it’s one of those things where you always hope it will happen one day and luckily it happened. It gives you that edge to go and want more and get playing time. I’ll always remember this one.”
TBR’s View – Longstaff will be seeking to emulate his brother’s impact
Newcastle’s squad is similar in terms of depth and quality to last season, where Rafa Benitez was able to give Matty’s brother Sean his first team bow and he developed into an important player for the team.
That’s the blueprint for the younger Longstaff to follow this time around and it’ll be invaluable to have his brother around to learn from and lean on.
Now his debut is out of the way, that’ll be the goal for Matty and given that Newcastle don’t have outstanding options this season, the fans will hope to see him make his Premier League bow soon too.