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Martin Keown kicks off phoney war ahead of West Ham v Newcastle United

7 months ago
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It is West Ham v Newcastle United and Martin Keown has lit the fuse.

The player turned pundit sparking a phoney war ahead of the game.

Keown was a guest pundit on Tuesday night for the Newcastle v Burnley match.

Martin Keown saying on BT Sport:

“This has been a Michael Carrick type performance by Sean Longstaff.

“A lot of people are talking about Declan Rice at West Ham but I think this lad might be better.

“He looks technically better.”

In these days of social media and people getting way over-excited and/or wetting their pants over the most trivial of things, no surprise it has set a loan of inadequates into a frenzy.

You would hop they are all 12 year olds but unfortunately that isn’t the case.

West Ham supporters slaughtering both Martin Keown and the idea that Sean Longstaff might be better than Declan Rice.

Whilst Newcastle fans give just as good/bad back.

It is embarrassing the vitriol that some people put into this kind of senseless argument.

How can anybody say which player is best when there is so little to go on?

This is what they have done so far:

Fighting out of East London, England (or is it Ireland…?), in the claret and blue, we have Declan Rice.

Making his league debut as a 18 year old, the now 20 year old has already made 40 Premier League starts and 11 PL appearances off the bench scoring one goal.

Meanwhile, fighting out of North Shields, Tyneside, in the black and white, we have Sean Longstaff.

Made his league debut as a 19 year when on loan at Kilmarnock, making 16 Scottish Premier League starts and scoring three goals.

Then followed a season on loan at Blackpool, making 37 League One starts and five appearances off the bench, scoring eight goals.

Then this season, made his first Premier League appearance as a sub at Liverpool on Boxing Day and now has started even PL matches, scoring his first for Newcastle on Tuesday night.

So between them the pair have only made 100 league starts.

So who is better?

The answer of course is that nobody knows.

They both look decent players but surely we will need to revisit in two or three years time to come to anything close to a conclusion.

Horror of horrors, they both might end up being very good players.

Could even play together for England, now that Declan Rice has decided not to play for the Republic of Ireland anymore.

Saturday will be interesting of course with the two of them (almost certainly) on the pitch together but it won’t be definitive.

If pressed, I would say Sean Longstaff has more scope/potential, but then I’m not a West Ham fan….

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