Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles says Matty Longstaff’s breakthrough to the first team is just what the club needed.
Longstaff celebrated a”fantasy” Premier League debut in Newcastle’s 1-0 victory over Manchester United two weeks ago.
He became the youngest player to score on his Premier League debut and thrilled neutrals and supporters with his response in his tube interview.
His performance is said by lascelles and the result of Newcastle has helped regain a mood following a demoralising 5-0 loss to Leicester per week earlier.
“I am buzzing for him since he’s come into the group. He is up for it. He’s fit, he works hard and always gives extra,” he told Sky Sports News.
“The hard work has just paid off, he has been thrown into the deep end like his own brother.
“What you do know is that he is a youthful Geordie lad who will roll his sleeves up and perform his soul.
“Straight after the Leicester game we needed players to be like this, he had been a prime example of everything you can get from that. His goal got us the 3 points, I am over the moon to get him.”
“You see these huge teams signing players for millions of pounds from overseas and everywhere else, Matty wasn’t long past coaching down with the book team.
“He has just come up through the rankings and caught a first team place with two palms.
“He is humble, a very nice real lad. It has to mean the world to him.”
Lascelles is optimistic Newcastle can harness the lack of dimension and expertise when they head to Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The Magpies skipper states their wins and Manchester United have demonstrated they are able to take points.
“Chelsea have a young, lively team but I am not positive whether they have much experience,” he said.
“I think we will have a good day, it is clearly going to be hard with their quality and pace.
“They’ve attacking players who can make and hurt you .
“Experience is enormous in soccer, the little things like running the game down, winning fouls. I really do think we could access after them, they aren’t the biggest team maybe [we could exploit ] set bits. I do fancy ourselves.”
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