Promising Newcastle striker explains St James’ Park dream

Tom Heardman has yet to make his Newcastle debut, but he has already achieved one Magpies dream.

Speaking to the Chronicle, 19-year-old Heardman has explained his dream of scoring at St James' Park.

The towering striker, compared to former Magpies graduate Andy Carroll, has been in promising form for Newcastle’s Under-21 side in recent weeks, netting four goals in six starts for Peter Beardsley’s side.

He has yet to make his senior debut for the Toon, but a loan spell with Conference side Gateshead has seen him get a first taste of senior competitive football. With his current goalscoring form, and Newcastle’s injury problems in the senior squad, Heardman could be in line to make his senior debut in the coming weeks.

Despite not playing for the senior side, the youngster has experience of playing at St James’ Park, and scoring in the famous stadium as well. A goal against Stoke last week was another to add to his home tally, and he has admitted to the Chronicle that he is targeting more in the future.

The hot-shot striker said: “It’s what I have always dreamed of - scoring at St James’ Park. I want as many as possible and hopefully I can get a few more. It’s always good to get a goal, I’m just looking for the next one now. It is a great step.

“I’m a Newcastle fan and have been all of my life. To score at the Gallowgate End makes it a little bit more special.”

If he continues to net at his current rate in the Under-21s, it would come as no surprise to see him named in the Magpies' first-team squad before the end of the campaign. Newcastle surely need a new goalscoring striker to dampen some of their woes, and, in their own academy, Heardman may be the perfect choice.

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