Newcastle United prospect Callum Roberts reacts to scoring twice on Monday

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Callum Roberts was the hero for the Newcastle United Under-21 side against their Crewe Alexandra counterparts in the Under-21 Premier League Cup tie on Monday.

Callum Roberts seems to go from strength to strength for Newcastle United.

The 17-year-old winger is highly rated by the Newcastle chiefs and was even in the plans of manager Alan Pardew for a first-team debut against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

Roberts was supposed to be part of the Magpies squad for the Premier League clash, although he eventually missed out on a place on the substitutes’ bench.

Pardew was still appreciative of the quality of the teenager and told Newcastle’s official website: "I do like him. He has tremendous technique and ability.

“He's a player that wouldn't be included normally because he's in the preparation phase - he's still got another year (at the Academy) - and he's behind Arma (Adam Armstrong) and behind (Rolando) Aarons. But he's knocking on the door.”

Roberts showed his potential once again on Monday when he played a starring role in the Newcastle United Under-21 side’s 2-1 victory over their Crewe Alexandra counterparts.

The 17-year-old scored both the goals as the Magpies got the better of their opponents after extra time in Under-21 Premier League Cup to book their place in the last 16.

The youngster opened the scoring after 39 minutes when he slotted home from Alex Gilliead's cross, and found the winner five minutes into the extra-time period when be brought down Olivier Kemen’s delivery and turned it home after rounding Crewe goalkeeper Scott Shearer.

Roberts was understandably delighted with the victory and took to social networking site Twitter to revel in it.

Roberts’s heroics on Monday will not have gone unnoticed by Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, who could perhaps still include him in his squad for the Premier League clash against West Ham United away from home at the weekend.

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