If you gave a room of Hollywood scriptwriters the opportunity to write the dream Premier League debut, the chances are that they would have come up with something pretty similar to what happened to Matty Longstaff on Sunday afternoon.
Scoring a thunderbolt of a winner in front of your home fans against one of the most successful sides in English football is one thing, but to do it with your big brother alongside you in the centre of the park adds another level of drama entirely, and will no doubt make for a day that Longstaff will never forget.
“I can remember all too well my first goal at St James’ Park.
“He looked very comfortable in midfield, and what a strike!”
Shearer also named Longstaff in his team of the week.
And the teenager fully deserved the praise too.
On Sunday, he managed a key pass, two shots on goal – one of which hit the bar and the other which went in – and was awarded a Whoscored rating of 8.05 for his efforts.
For a local lad, things couldn’t have gone much better this weekend, and an acknowledgement from Shearer will no doubt be the icing on the cake.