Newcastle legend praises ‘next Andy Carroll’ after Under-21 goal

Gosforth-born, 6ft 4in striker Tom Heardman has drawn comparisons with another former Newcastle academy star and Peter Beardsley is impressed.

Newcastle United’s future appears to be in safe hands with striker Tom Heardman continuing to impress for the Magpies’ Under-21 side.

The target man striker was on target for the Toon in a 1-1 draw with Stoke City in an Under-21 Premier League clash at St James’ Park.

Coached by club legend Peter Beardsley, Newcastle’s youth side were the better team for much of the encounter but actually fell behind to the Potters with Robbie Parry scoring for Stoke with just 14 minutes remaining.

Newcastle came roaring back, however, with Heardman the hero, scoring two minutes later to salvage a draw for the hosts.

It was a special goal for the striker who some are already regarding as the next incarnation of Andy Carroll, scored in the stadium of the club he has supported since he was a boy.

And talking to the Chronicle after the game, Beardsley spoke highly of Heardman on what could be the start of an exciting couple of years for the 19-year-old prospect.

"It’s brilliant score at St James’ Park," he said.

"It doesn’t matter if you are 12, 15, 18, 20 it doesn’t matter.

"It’s great for him because he’s a nice kid."

The Chronicle previously reported that the Newcastle youth star was set to be offered a new contract at the club, having caught the eye at Under-21 level.

Heardman is one of a handful of young players with the potential to break into the Newcastle first-team in the future.

Fellow attacker Callum Roberts has already featured for the Magpies in the FA Cup this season and looks a similarly bright prospect.

So while the current season may be petering out, the future certainly looks bright.

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