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Beardsley Backs New Young Superstar At Newcastle

8:23 am, Thursday, March 24th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

The Newcastle U21 side drew 1-1 at Brighton last night against a team who are rock bottom of the league table so it was another disappointing result for one of our teams,  in a season when at all levels of the club the teams are performing so very poorly.

Peter Beardsley said Newcastle should have won the game which saw striker Ivan Toney make his return from injury and he got a decent run-out before being replaced in the second half.

The young striker has not played since picking up an ankle ligament injury in training back in January.

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Ivan Toney – made return for U21 side last night

Before the game U21 manager Peter Beardsley had talked in glowing terms about the 20 year-old we signed from Northampton Town last summer:

“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, which is a massive plus.” 

“It’ll be nice to have him back. 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.”

“45 minutes is medically what we’ve been allowed, and we’re not negative about that. 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.”

It looks like Ivan got about an hour last night and he looks a very good player who could perhaps make a breakthrough for us next season, but we still expect him to be sent out on loan to get some first team games.

18 year-old Callum Roberts scored the goal last and the local lad had another very good game.

That was Callum´s 7th goal of the season for the U21 side.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Callum Roberts · Ivan Toney · Newcastle News · Newcastle U21 · Newcastle Youth · Prayer · Premier League




5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 The overrated Frenchman // Mar 24, 2016 at 8:46 AM

    Peter Beardsley was a great player.

  • 2 one fine day // Mar 24, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    Beardsley
    Once my hero as a player
    Now you irritate the shi@e out of me as you are part of the malaise that has taken over my club in the last 5 years or so .
    Our youth set ups are a disgrace from top to bottom
    We have decent kids but we seem to ruin them
    The only ones who progress are ones on loan enjoying the benefits of better coaching elsewhere.
    And on Benitez. Yes he is very tactical and good at it too but strange the in the last two games we have conceded goals to basically not clearing the second ball
    Surely it has been noticed and questions asked why every player was ball watching as the ball looped up against the mackums for de foe and against. Leicester. The overhead kick was good but he was given all the time in the world to cue it up as we stood watching .
    Ffs a team ” battling for survival” first rule you lamp the ball anywhere throw bodies in the way etc.
    These are things I thing Benitez will struggle to control

  • 3 Jib // Mar 24, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    At the moment the priority is not to keep coming up with new names but for Rafa to work with the 16 or so players he has decided have the right attributes and focus everything on them.

  • 4 JP...from The Rock // Mar 24, 2016 at 9:44 AM

    “45 minutes is what we have been medically allowed to let him play” so let’s give him an hour! Ffs this is precisely the reason we have such a horrible injury list every season.

  • 5 ArtyH // Mar 24, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Lost ALL faith in the past players who are now employed at the TOON, ALL are part of the problem and tainted by the regimen. The once Peter the Great is now a distant memory.




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