Collingwood Premiership captain and current channel seven commentator Nick Maxwell has paid youngster Matt Scharenberg the highest praise after his impressive debut on the weekend, labelling him “Pendlebury-like.”

“He’s had some adversity since he’s come to the club,” Maxwell said on Collingwood Media’s Monday’s with Maxi.

“I was rapt to see him in there. He just showed his class. I think he’s going to be a good player for a long time… I think he’s going to be a leader of the football club.

“I think he’s going to play half back for a long time. I do think that they believe he’ll go into the midfield at some stage.

“He’s very Pendlebury-like in that he just finds time. He’s not overly quick, but just finds time and space around him.”

Scharenberg had 16 disposals, including nine in the second quarter, after being a late call up from the emergency list for Saturday afternoon’s loss to the Demons.