Peter Beardsley hails hotly-tipped Newcastle youngster, labels him a superstar

The Magpies academy boss is delighted to have young forward Ivan Toney back after an extended absence.

Newcastle United academy manager Peter Beardsley has told the club's official website that he is delighted to have young forward Ivan Toney back after injury, hailing the talented player as a "superstar".

The 20-year-old attacker has been sidelined for over two months after sustaining ankle ligament damage in a training session in January but will return to action for the development side on Wednesday night.

The former Northampton Town prodigy joined the Magpies in August and has already made an impact at senior level as well as for the youth squad, making four appearances for the first team under previous manager Steve McClaren.

The striker is tipped for a bright future at St. James' Park, and Beardsley hailed the youngster's level head as he looks set to return to action.

Newcastle hero Beardsley, who played 324 times across two spells at the club, told the Magpies website: "The good news is that it appears that we have Ivan Toney back for half a game, which is a massive plus. He's been different class in the reserves, and he's had a Premier League debut as well.

"He's a calming influence on the group. He's a very calm player and a very good player, so it'll be great to have him back. We actually gave him the option - 'do you want to go and play half a game or would you rather stay here and train?' 'I want to play half a game', he said, 'and can I get 60 minutes?' He's that sort of kid.

"He's a superstar, and we'll definitely get half a game out of him which will be massive. It's a big bonus."

As well as his four substitute appearances for Newcastle, Toney also has first-team action under his belt from a loan spell at Barnsley earlier this season, for whom he scored twice in eight appearances.

The Magpies have a good recent record of giving young players a chance in the first-team, with academy graduates Paul Dummett and Rolando Aarons currently involved in the first-team set-up.

Toney's fellow youth striker Adam Armstrong is enjoying a hugely profitable loan spell at League One side Coventry City, and the attacking pair will be hoping to stake a regular claim for senior football at the North East club next season, whichever division that may be in.

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