Newcastle youngster Callum Roberts being encouraged to learn from Messi

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Newcastle United youth coach Peter Beardsley has commented on Callum Roberts' ability.

Newcastle United's hot prospect Callum Roberts is being encouraged to study Lionel Messi's game to help him improve. 

The 17-year-old winger was included in Newcastle's match-day squad to face Queens Park Rangers this weekend, but there are still areas of his game that he needs to develop.

Indeed, Peter Beardsley, who takes charge of the club's under-21 side, says that Roberts is being advised to watch how Messi finishes to help him add more a goal-threat to his game. 

"Ben [Dawson, who is a youth-coach] has been talking to him about Messi, about how he doesn't blast everything but sidefoots goals in," he said to the club's official site.

"He's got a lot of ability. The manager obviously likes him with him getting promoted to the first-team squad, and that's what this job's about - trying to get kids to the next level."

It seems that Roberts has been learning from the Barcelona legend's finishing ability, too. 

The youngster confirmed his talent last night, as he scored twice for the under-21 side in their 2-1 win over Crewe Alexandra in the Under-21 Premier League Cup. 

It was another eye-catching display which is sure to do his chances of being called up to the first-team again no harm.

Alan Pardew has commented that he wants to utilise the club's academy-system better this season and he has already shown he is prepared to trust his youngsters.

Rolando Aarons and Adam Armstrong have both been handed first-team chances already this campaign, while Paul Dummett and Sammy Ameobi are staring to establish themselves as regulars in the senior squad's starting line-up.

It is an exciting time for the future at St. James' Park with their most promising crop of prospects starting to break through and it looks as if Roberts will be the next one to make his first-team bow if he keeps this level of performance up. 

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