Prolific Newcastle youngster encouraged by first-team chances

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Tom Heardman could be set to play for Newcastle United this season.

A 19-year-old striker, Heardman has netted four goals in six starts for the Magpies’ Under-21 side, and he has told the Chronicle what has given him hope of making his senior bow this term.

A frequent fixture in youth teams, the youngster spent a spell with Gateshead in the Conference earlier this season, and he could be close to making his first-team debut for the Toon before the end of the campaign.

With John Carver’s men struggling with injuries and suspensions, the Newcastle squad is in disrepair, and the coach may have to look to the academy to name a full starting XI. Olivier Kemen is already travelling with the first-team squad to matches, and could be in line to make his debut, and Heardman, if his good goalscoring form continues, could be next in line.

A number of other recent academy players have moved into the Toon first-team, to varying effect. Adam Armstrong has fallen out of favour after some impressive performances, but Paul Dummett is now a key player for the Magpies, and his absence through injury has been keenly felt.

It is Newcastle’s frequent use of youth that increases Heardman's chances of making the team, and he has admitted that seeing the likes of Dummett and Cal Roberts make the team is giving him confidence.

“It’s about confidence,” the youngster told the Chronicle. “To see when people are doing well they are getting the chance is encouraging. We’ve got players like Adam Armstrong and Cal Roberts in there looking for first team spots.

“It gives you that drive to improve and show to the coaches higher up what you can do and that there might be a spot for you there.”

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