Date: 21st October 2019 at 12:30pm
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OPINION

Young midfielder was flying sky high after his match-winning performance against Manchester United before the international break.

However, the 19-year-old undoubtedly came crashing back down to earth against Chelsea on Saturday, failing to get anywhere near the level he achieved at St James’ Park.

The did OK at Stamford Bridge, hanging in there for quite some time before former Sunderland man Marcos Alonso put them to the sword, but the younger Longstaff was one of those who struggled most in a black and white shirt in west London.

He didn’t seem to have the pace or the tactical acumen to be able to cope with the likes of and Mason Mount charging past them pretty much from the word go.

You don’t want to criticise the young man too much – this was only his second start after all – but there’s no arguing with the fact that he took a major backwards step against ’s side.

The statistics show that the teenager was simply unable to get anything going on Saturday. As per WhoScored.com, Longstaff failed to have a shot or key pass, while he managed only 29 passes with a 65.5% success rate.

Retaining possession is clearly a problem for him, because even in a tremendous display against , he only managed 73.8% pass success rate.

Meanwhile, the Englishman was dispossessed three times against , on his way to a WhoScored rating for the day of just 5.63.

Again, we don’t want to hammer the young man, because he is still developing. However, all the gushing excitement surrounding him after the United game was somewhat quashed on Saturday.