Matty Longstaff certainly burst onto the Premier League scene in style for Newcastle against Manchester United last weekend, and it has caught the attention of the England Under-21 manager.
Although Aidy Boothroyd said it is still “a little bit early” for the more junior Longstaff to be drafted in to the U21 set-up, he acknowledged he is “certainly aware of him” and admitted he has seen him and he could find a place in future squads.
The Mail Online report Boothroyd said: “We are certainly aware of him. It’s a little bit early. There are one or two who have been at it for a period of time. That’s not to say he won’t get in because I’ve been to see him.”
It would be a fitting end to a meteoric rise for Longstaff, who not many fans saw as having a similar impact this season, to that of his older brother last.
It will be interesting to see how Matty copes with the added expectation that will come with his future Newcastle performances now that he is well an truly in the public eye.
Matty Longstaff should get his second Newcastle start at Chelsea next week
It seems certain that he will continue in the starting lineup at Stamford Bridge next week, with Isaac Hayden serving the second of his three game suspension.
But unlike last weekend, where Matty was able to come into the game under the radar and as a complete unknown quantity, Chelsea manager Frank Lampard will have his previous display to analyse, and adapt a plan for.
But regardless of that, Matty just needs to keep playing his normal game, keep his enthusiasm up, and not let himself get frustrated if every game does not pan out like his debut.
If he can do those things, there is no reason why he cannot gain a place in the England U21 squad, regardless of who he faces competition from.