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Headline reads the Longstaffs to find their way into England set-up ‘if they keep up current form’ – Madness

2 years ago

With 19 and 21 year old brothers at the heart of midfield as Newcastle United beat Man Utd, it was little surprise that the Longstaffs were the ones making the headlines.

A great story for the newspapers, young kids who cost nothing and playing for their local team, bringing down the mighty Manchester United with their team of cost a fortune foreign superstars such as the useless £53m Fred.

It was a gift basically, especially with it being Matty Longstaff’s first ever Premier League appearance.

However, instead of just letting us move onto the next game, the media and club focus on the Longstaffs has been relentless.

It was/is a great story but it was just the one game and the reality was that Manchester United had a really weak team out and indeed even their first choice eleven have been pretty rubbish this season.

Newcastle fans are so often and unfairly, held up as such a deluded fanbase, mainly due to the media setting us up.

Yet for me, I think it is the Newcastle fans who are the ones who are keeping their feet on the ground on this one.

On Friday, Steve Bruce and the journalists were discussing whether Sean Longstaff and Matty Longstaff should be playing for England.

This headline from The Mail summing it up:

‘Steve Bruce tells Matty and Sean Longstaff ‘they will find their way’ into Gareth Southgate’s England set-up if they keep up current form’

Current form?

Matty Longstaff has played an hour and a half of Premier League football in his life, how is that ‘current form’…

We all would love to see Matty Longstaff play for England, just like Shearer, Gazza, Beardsley did before him BUT give Matty and his brother time to actually have a bit of go with Newcastle United before going down this route.

It doesn’t help anybody, least of all the players themselves, to be loading all this expectation onto the Longstaffs.

Plus, if the fates went against them and the brothers did eventually prove not to be quite good enough for the top level, I can guarantee you that the journalists will then be claiming it was the deluded Newcastle fans who had been the ones shouting their mouths off after one game…

Here’s hoping that at least one, hopefully both, of them can make it with Newcastle…as for England, I’m not really bothered about that though understandably the players themselves would be.

However, reality is that Matty Longstaff made his first team debut against Leicester in the League Cup and nobody was writing rave reviews after that defeat. The past 14 months have seen him play 32 times for the reserves and he has scored once.

We would all love him to score another dozen this season like he did against Man Utd BUT the stats say that is very unlikely. We hope he can but you can’t heap massive unrealistic expectations on a young player based on just that one game.

As for Sean Longstaff, he has still only started 13 Premier League games in his life and he has been a mixture of very good, average and poor, in those matches. No surprise when he is a young inexperienced player in a not brilliant team.

Not being funny but I think it would be the worst thing of all if the Longstaffs were called up by England at this point.

Let them get on with enjoying their football at Newcastle and get them signed up on proper decent contracts that reflect their potential.

As after all, that is where they are at, players with potential, not players who on ‘current form’ should be in the England set-up.


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