Newcastle United may have been knocked out of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night but there were certainly positives to take from the penalty shoot-out defeat to Leicester at St James’ Park. One of those positives was that Matty Longstaff made his debut and managed to impress some fans with his display against what was basically a full-strength Leicester side. It is good that these supporters are being quite optimistic after the loss. Usually you would expect a complete meltdown and cries of ‘Bruce out’ but this time there is a lot of good to say about the match. Longstaff, 19, has a long way to go to become a first-team regular for Newcastle. He is not as his brother’s level just yet but Sean is two years older and has been a first-team regular since the start of this year. Matty can get to that point if Bruce keeps showing faith in him. Newcastle fans will no doubt give credit to Bruce if he is able to nurture the young midfielder into a first team star.
NothingButNewcastle has rounded up some of the best tweets below:
Look at the bright side, Matty Longstaff got his first start and Muto finally scored another goal. The evening is not a complete write off. #nufc
— Andrew McVittie (@Andrew_McVittie) August 28, 2019
Imagine booing perez
The bloke that kept us in the league 2 years in a row with his goals nd stayed with us during championship
Matty Longstaff looks impressive
Shelvey the opposite
Willems just cancel his loan #NUFC
— jonny ward (@wardy22589) August 28, 2019
Matty Longstaff will be better than prime Viera don’t talk to me about knowledge
— Steve Bruces barmy army (@bruceyslad) August 28, 2019
Come on Matty Longstaff… your time to shine! Anyone’s time to shine let go! We are due a break in this god forsaken competition! #NUFC
— Caleb (@YankGeordie) August 28, 2019
Unlucky. We did our best and ran a very strong Leicester close.
Willems and Longstaff sounded impressive.
Sidenote, I'd probably have Schar on penalties from now on
— Matthew (@JB4t00n) August 28, 2019
Matty Longstaff starting against Leicester and looking very decent from what i've heard aswell, brilliant!