Steve Bruce has explained that Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff has been a standout in training ever since he was appointed the club’s manager.
Bruce arrived in the summer as the Magpies boss and has had a mixed start to life at St James’ Park, but was given a real high by beating Manchester United 1-0 before the international break.
Longstaff made his first league start for Newcastle in the fixture and scored the winning goal with a great finish from outside the box.
The 19-year-old is a product of the club’s academy and his older brother Sean is already a mainstay in the team.
Bruce has suggested that the teenager will keep his spot for the trip to Chelsea at the weekend and revealed that the signs have been there in training.
“How could I leave him out?” Bruce responded when asked if Longstaff will keep his place against Chelsea, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“Since I joined up with the squad in China he’s the one that constantly performed well in training and his enthusiasm for it is there for everyone to see.”
Longstaff’s enthusiasm in the centre of the park gave a major lift to Newcastle against Manchester United and it must help having your older brother alongside you in the starting XI.
There would surely be huge outcry from supporters if he doesn’t keep his place at the weekend, but he looks up for the challenge and has earned his chance in the midfield.
It’s a tough introduction to life in the Premier League with games against Manchester United and then Chelsea, but he’s didn’t look overawed at St James Park and is clearly winning over the manager too.