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PremierLeague-News.Com - Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff has missed the Magpies last two defeats and is hoping to earn a recall for the upcoming trip to Arsenal
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Matty Longstaff admits he was disappointed to miss Newcastle United's last two defeats and is hoping for a first-team recall against Arsenal. The Magpies midfielder made his first Premier League start this season in the Boxing Day defeat at Manchester City, and kept his place for the draw against Liverpool and the loss to Leicester City. The 20-year-old impressed on his return to action, with head coach Steve Bruce expressing his delight at the way he 'set the tone' in all three matches. However, Longstaff was forced to watch from the sidelines as an unused substitute for the recent defeats at Sheffield United and in the FA Cup at Arsenal. Read More Related Articles Simon Jordan's telling observation about 'fed up' friend Steve Bruce at Newcastle United Read More Related Articles Six options for Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley as club re-enter relegation battle Bruce insisted the contract dispute last year and an ongoing thigh injury had kept the midfielder out contention for much of the current campaign. Longstaff labelled it a 'massive' boost to earn three successive starts after his lengthy absence, and is hoping to be involved once again at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night. He told NUFC TV: "It's been a while, and it's never nice when you're not playing. You want to be out there and try to help the team. Matty Longstaff congratulates Andy Carroll after his goal for Newcastle United against Leicester at St James' Park on January 3, 2021 "As a player, you want to play. I played three on the bounce and to be honest, I felt pretty good in them.
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. "But you have to stick with the manager, he's got a plan and as a squad we have to buy into it.
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