‘Like Scholes And Carrick’ – Former Arsenal Defender’s Assessment of This Newcastle Duo

Martin Keown is a pundit for BBC’s Match of the Day. The former Arsenal defender was very impressed with Newcastle’s midfield duo in Sunday’s win 1-0 win against Manchester United.

The Chronicle have posted some comments from Keown in which he places both Sean and Matty Longstaff on a lofty pedestal.

This is what Keown said about the Longstaff brothers:

“The young lad should be knocking on Steve Bruce’s door and saying ‘Why didn’t you play me sooner?’ He played more passes, covered more distance and really put in a performance.

“It was like a Paul Scholes. I know they’re big boots to fill but him and his brother were like Scholes and Carrick. They’re the important ingredient in this Newcastle team now.”

While it is far too soon for those comparisons, Keown makes a very astute point. Both Sean and Matty could be precisely what this team needs. They could very well be Newcastle’s midfield partnership going forward.

Matty Longstaff put in a performance yesterday that will be talked about for years to come. Matty could now find himself in a similar position to his older brother last year.

Sean came into the team last season and instantly cemented himself into the side. Could Matty do just the same this season?

While one game is just one game, 19-year-old Matty Longstaff looks a player. If he can stay consistent, he may be the missing ingredient that this side needs. He also could bring the best out of his older brother, who has failed to reach the height of last season. That is until yesterday.

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