This article is part of Football FanCast’s In The Pipeline series, which takes a look at some of the most promising young talent either linked with clubs or emerging from their academies…
Sometimes it just runs in the family doesn’t it? Yaya and Kolo Toure. Frank and Ronald De Boer. Bobby and Jack Charlton. Shola and Sammy Ameobi. Okay perhaps not the last one, but you get the gist.
There have been plenty of great footballing brothers in the history of the game, and though it may be early stages yet, Newcastle could have one of their own history-making sibling duos on their hands.
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Sean Longstaff has already enjoyed a meteoric rise at St James’ Park since bursting onto the scene last year, and now it could be the turn of little brother Matty to do the same too. And according to the 19-year-old, having his older sibling around has been a blessing.
“It helps having Sean around. You see what he done last year and you look to try to replicate what he’s done. Having him around is great but all the other lads have helped me as well.”
The teenager made his competitive debut for the club in the Carabao Cup clash against Leicester earlier this season, and with the Magpies not having the deepest of squads, he could be in line for further games.
During his time with the U23s side last year, Longstaff showed off his versatility and commitment to the cause by playing in holding midfield, central midfield, attacking midfield, left midfield and right-back. It’s that kind of willingness to put the team first that will no doubt endear him to the St James’ Park faithful.
Having already seen Sean make his mark on the first-team, Steve Bruce revealed he is confident Matty can more than emulate his big brother.
“They are both hugely competitive and it’s quite unique we’ve got brothers and the pair of them could be playing. Matty’s bright, he’s tenacious, can score a goal – he’s got all the stuff you need to succeed. Got a huge desire to do well like his brother. He’s impressed me enormously over the last four, five weeks. His brother’s running statistics on Saturday were enormous – absolutely enormous. I’ll just remind of him of that, what he’s got to live up to!”
Following the older Longstaff’s injury ahead of the Liverpool game last week, Newcastle fans flooded to Twitter to urge Bruce to throw Matty into the deep end.
Replace Sean Longstaff with Matty Longstaff #NUFC
— smooth (@leeebooth9) 13 September 2019
Matty longstaff pls
— Rohan Gulliver (@gulliver_rohan) 13 September 2019
We riot if Wor Marty Longstaff doesn’t get on against Liverpool today. #NUFC
— Champ II (@AgentCiz2) 14 September 2019
It may not have happened yet, but if he continues to progress, then there is no reason why the Magpies can’t start a Premier League game in the near future with the Longstaff brothers holding down the midfield. Two Geordie siblings romping about the hallowed turf of St. James’ Park, wouldn’t that just be special?