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Matty Longstaff reflects on first football in seven months

3 weeks ago
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Having been completely messed around by Steve Bruce and Mike Ashley at Newcastle United in terms of playing opportunities and contract issues, Matty Longstaff can at last look forward to simply playing football again.

Having scored home and away against Manchester United in his first and fourth Premier League starts, the midfielder has then enjoyed only six further NUFC PL games in the starting eleven in the 20 months that have followed.

Indeed, the 64 minutes Matty Longstaff played for Aberdeen at the weekend was the first competitive football of any kind for over seven months, last playing in a 3-0 defeat at Arsenal.

Aberdeen would have gone joint top with a win over Ross County and were disappointed to have to settle for a 1-1 home draw on Sunday that sees them fourth in the table having picked up two wins and two draws in the league.

For Matty Longstaff though, he is juts enjoying getting back on the football pitch and hopes to help make a difference for Aberdeen.

The NUFC loan midfielder thinks it is a bonus that Aberdeen boss Stephen Glass was a one-time Newcastle player, whilst Ryan Fraser recommended his old club to Matty Longstaff as well.

Matty Longstaff extended his Newcastle contract to the end of June 2023 and will now spend the rest of this 2021/22 season at Aberdeen.

Hopefully the regular football will help kickstart a career that has stalled somewhat since scoring those home and away goals against Man Utd.

Matty Longstaff talking to the Glasgow Times:

“The manager [Stephen Glass] used to play for Newcastle and I’ve heard great stuff about the Aberdeen and the football they play.

“He’s experienced Newcastle, knows what it’s like, and I’m really looking forward to working with him and his team.

“I spoke to Ryan Fraser, who obviously came through the set-up here, and he just said it was a great club and that if I got the chance I should go and play there.

“I didn’t need much persuading other than that.

“What you want as a player is to be playing under pressure and to deal with it.

“At Newcastle there’s an expectancy to play at a high level.

“I’m expecting the exact same thing at Aberdeen.

“Whether that’s playing a little further back and getting on the ball, or whether it’s breaking into boxes and scoring goals, I’m happy to do either.”

“It definitely wasn’t a surprise that the game was so fast. I used to drive up all the time and watch Sean.

“I knew what it was going to be like coming into the game.

“We’re obviously disappointed with the result but it’s one of them things we’ve got to move on from, we’ll get back on the training pitch and improve stuff and come the next game we’ll be ready.

“Coming into the game, I’d spoken to the gaffer and Scott Brown about what it would be like and they said it would be a million miles an hour.”

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