Newcastle United defender Fabian Schar was rock solid yesterday, but it was Matty Longstaff who took the headlines.
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce was impressed with Longstaff over pre-season and quickly called him into training with the senior side.
The 19-year-old has had to be patient as he has waited for his chance in the first-team this season, but he really seized his opportunity yesterday.
Longstaff blasted in the winner for Newcastle against Manchester United on his Premier League debut.
And Schar admits that Longstaff’s talents have been clear to see in Newcastle training recently.
“I’m really happy for him,” he said. “The last weeks, he trained very well, so I knew he would do a great job. He deserves to play and to score his first goal against a team like Man United, it is – of course – a perfect day for him.
“I think you can see how big our squad is. We have 25 players and we need everyone. Everyone has to be ready, and I think the players who came in did a fantastic job today – like all of the players.”
Longstaff may well now keep his place in Newcastle starting line-up.
The youngster started yesterday’s game alongside his brother, Sean, and the pair complimented each other well in midfield.
Newcastle’s win over Manchester United has lifted them up to 16th place in the Premier League table.