Could the Newcastle United teenager be the latest young striker to make waves at St James' Park?
Newcastle United have been making plenty of headlines regarding their strikers recently, signing one of the most exciting youngsters in Europe in the form of Aleksandar Mitrovic and sending 18-year-old Adam Armstrong on loan to Coventry City.
In time, Armstrong and Mitrovic could form a deadly strike partnership at St James’ Park, but in the short-term the teenager will simply be looking to impress in League One while the latter will be hoping to add to his club tally of 68 goals – a remarkable record for one so young.
But another Newcastle striker could be set to benefit this season, with 19-year-old Tom Heardman now tasked with leading the line for the Magpies’ under-21 side and ensuring the goals still flow despite Armstrong’s temporary exit.
Armstrong has 17 goals in 25 appearances at that level; a record that has played a significant part in his loan spell to ensure he gets regular first-team football. But now Heardman has the chance not only to be the main man at that level, but also to potentially earn a first-team chance in the cup competitions this season.
The latter is a big ask, but where the chance would once have gone to Armstrong, now Heardman will know that a fine start for the under-21s and he may get a chance on the bench in the League Cup if Newcastle manager Steve McClaren is so inclined.
Whatever happens it seems Newcastle have an abundance of talent up front, all at an age where they could develop together for years to come, and despite not being the headline name, it would be wise to keep a close eye on Heardman.