Martin Keown claimed after Newcastle United's 2-0 win over Burnley that the Toon's up-and-coming midfielder Sean Longstaff is better than West Ham United star Declan Rice - and Hammers fans are not happy.
Longstaff, 21, has broken into the Newcastle side of late, anchoring the midfield as Rafa Benitez's side continue to push themselves away from the bottom of the table and a relegation dogfight.
He continued his excellent run of form and momentum with his first Premier League goal, scoring the second in the 2-0 win over Burnley last time out with an excellent finish into the bottom corner from 10 yards out.
Keown claimed that despite all the talk being about West Ham's Rice, he reckons Longstaff could be even better, comparing Longstaff's display on Tuesday to that of Manchester United icon Michael Carrick.
“This has been a Michael Carrick type performance by Longstaff. A lot of people are talking about Declan Rice at West Ham, but I think this lad might be better," Keown said.
Rice has made the holding midfield position in the Hammers starting eleven his own after playing a somewhat bit-part in the West Ham side at centre-back last season. He has started every league game since September 1.
But West Ham fans were fuming to hear that Keown reckons Longstaff is a better player than Rice, and many took to Twitter to criticise the former Arsenal and England defender.
Someone have a word with Martin Keown, Longstaff is a very good play but he’s not better than Declan Rice— Liam Hunter (@Liam_Hunter93) February 26, 2019
Declan Rice is so many levels above Longstaff...— Luke Metcalf (@Lukemet02) February 26, 2019
Only played a few games and is 21 rice been playing since 16/17 season and has pocketed over 100m pounds of talent from the top 6 pic.twitter.com/t35lelzC8i— Jack Cooper (@jackcwhu99) February 26, 2019
Martin Keown also works for the BBC who hate West Ham... problem solved— Dom ⚒ (@DOWHU_1995) February 26, 2019
Rice is going to be in the next England squad meanwhile Longstaff may get an u21 call up, that’s the difference— Patrick Kidney (@PatrickKidney2) February 26, 2019
Martin keown headed too many footballs— jarvo (@dannyjarvis1360) February 26, 2019
Can I have some of what he’s smoking— ⚒ (@CallumWHU__) February 26, 2019
Martin Keown saying that newcastle player longstaff is better then declan rice ♂️— Peter (@westhamlondon94) February 26, 2019
Jesus Martin Keown talks utter bile. Sean Longstaff better than Declan Rice looooooooool— Jack (@Rudderzz) February 26, 2019
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