Paul Robinson has backed Newcastle United youngster Matty Longstaff to bounce back after he was axed from the starting XI for the win over West Ham.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England goalkeeper says that Steve Bruce perhaps thought he needed a little more experience for the Magpies’ trip to the London Stadium, naming east London-born Jonjo Shelvey in his place.
The 27-year-old repaid his manager’s faith in him with a free-kick to make it 3-0 for Newcastle, the Irons snatching two second-half goals to save some face in their 3-2 defeat.
Robinson says that it looked like the right call to start Shelvey alongside Isaac Hayden in the middle of the park but backed the youngster to bounce back this season after his axing from the side.
Asked if it was harsh on Longstaff to be dropped to the bench, Robinson told Football Insider: “He has performed really well but he’s only young and he’s going to have his time, he’s proved that this year already and he’ll have his time again this season.
“The manager maybe thought in an away game he needed an older head, if you like, and I thought Shelvey controlled throughout. His passing is not in doubt, he’s an excellent distributor of the ball and he’s got the energy to get up and down. I think he was key to what Newcastle did.”
Longstaff has played three times for Newcastle this season, bursting onto the scene with a match-winning goal against Manchester United in front of the St James’ Park faithful.
All three of his appearances came alongside his brother Sean in the middle of the park, the older Longstaff seeing himself sent off for a dangerous tackle against Wolves.
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