This talented Newcastle United player did his chances 'no harm' against Benfica – Eddie Howe

Playing Benfica at the Estadio da Luz is a big moment for any player – and even more so for a 20-year-old.
Newcastle United defender Matty Bondswell.Newcastle United defender Matty Bondswell.
Newcastle United defender Matty Bondswell.

Newcastle United’s Matty Bondswell was given an unexpected first-team chance against Benfica on Tuesday night – and he took it with both hands.

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Bondswell, signed from RB Leipzig last year, came on for the second half – and the left-back impressed in the Eusebio Cup game, which 10-man Newcastle lost 3-2.

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“It’s great to see the young lads with us,” said United head coach Eddie Howe, who also took Jay Turner-Cooke, Santiago Munoz and Alex Murphy to Portugal.

“Matty did very well – that’ll be a great experience for him. It could be a big moment in his career. He’ll learn a lot from it in terms of the atmosphere, the players he’s up against – and the players he’s playing with. Sometimes, as a young player, you need that break. I thought he did his chances no harm of maybe more outings.”