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The Next Top Newcastle Youngster Coming Through The Ranks

19 year-old Tom Heardman was born in Gosforth and he already stands 6ft 4in tall (it’s surprising what those hamburgers can do), and it’s not perhaps too surprising that the striker’s all time hero is a certain Alan Shearer.

tom heardman

Tom Heardman – up-and-coming striker

Alan was also born in Gosforth back in 1970, and of course Tom has also been compared to Andy Carroll, who is the same height but is a southerner in comparison – born south of the river in Gateshead. :D.

Tom made his debut for the Newcastle U21 side back  in August of 2013,  and he scored in the 1-1 draw at St. James’ Park last night against Stoke City, when Newcastle were the better side for long periods of the game.

Peter Beardsley has been impressed with Heardman’s form for the U21 side,  and after the game this is what Peter told the Chronicle about Tom’s goal:

“It’s brilliant to score at St James’ Park,” “It doesn’t matter if you are 12, 15, 18, 20 it doesn’t matter.” “To score at this stadium is really special.”

“You could tell what it meant to him.” “It’s great for him because he’s a nice kid.”

The big striker of course resembles Andy Carroll with his height, and we assume Tom is still growing, and the youngster is as good on the ground as he is in the air, and in that sense he resembles  Stoke City’s 6ft 7ins striker Peter Crouch.

It’s hardly surprising that Tom’s favorite on the Newcastle squad at the moment is striker Papiss Cisse, and hopefully Tom will be able to come through in next year and become part of the first team squad.

It’s good that Newcastle have a number of exciting youngsters coming through the ranks at the moment.

And for Newcastle to have  a successful side in the future, it seems we are going to have to produce a lot of top youngsters in the Joe Joyce’s Academy that  come through the U21 side with Peter Beardsley, Newcastle’s Development manager.

Well that’s unless we can somehow persuade Mike Ashley to spend some of Newcastle’s money, which he’s been loathe to do in the past.

What do you think?

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51 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 10, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Good job all these “top youngesters” are coming through!

    What with us not being able to compete financially with the rest of the PL.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 10, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #2

    Nice to have some non-hysterical or exaggerated comment about Ashley’s involvement with Rangers .
    Folk have looked , seen a Footy club and assumed it was another NUFC situation , when in fact the Rangers scenario has more in common with Ashley/SD’s dealings with other sports chains .

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 10, 2015 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #3

    He’ll get a minute or two over the next few years to prove himself.

  • geordie157

    Mar 10, 2015 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #4

    I usually like to promote our young players but the few times i’ve seen Heardman he’s looked pretty average.

    However saying that both times i’ve seen him the spotlight was taken by Callum Roberts and to a lesser degree by Barlaser who both stood out.

    Still young, will always get compared to Carroll but if he can play with that intensity and passion towards wearing the shirt he could step up and impress. Would rather he got involved with the 1st team than Ferrerya.

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 10, 2015 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #5


    What happens to those sports chains after SD lends a hand? They get swallowed into the empire!

    You talk so much drivel you should be on the pay roll with Charnley and Moncur.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 10, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #6

    I’d be happy seeing Heardman given a chance. Rivi has done little to nothing while here, Perez has been struggling for goals since the turn of the year. Why not? He can’t score less goals than our available centre forwards have in 2015!

    We desperately need them to come through, but we aren’t exactly setting the development league alight at the moment. No wins in 8 competitive fixtures in 2015 for them at the moment. The Under 18’s have 1 win in 6 in 2015 as well.

    Not an overly impressive set of results from this top rate academy we keep being told about.

  • cyprus

    Mar 10, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #7

    With all these top youngsters coming through there will be no room for any imports!

    Kidding, congrats to one of NUFC’s best ever players, Beardo.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 10, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #8

    we need top coaches from top to bottom, to fit in with ash’s model and develop players, albeit to eventually sell. don’t think ash has twigged that the current lot are never going to achieve that.

  • Graeme

    Mar 10, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #9

    Rotunda – the best investment FCB could make would be to completely upgrade the coaching staff from under 10’s to !st Team.
    Getting a club stratagy in place, so every team plays to the same ethos, would do wonders for the club.

    Remove the current dinosaurs, bring in a Coach with 21st Century thinking, methods, tactics and I think there would be a noticable improvement, even with the players we have.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 10, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #10

    optimistic prime

    What happens to those sports chains after SD lends a hand? They get swallowed into the empire!

    Absolutely right. Never said Rangers should be happy.
    However that is a totally different scenario from Mike Ashley’s personal ownership of NUFC.

    optimistic prime
    “You talk so much drivel you should be on the pay roll with Charnley and Moncur.”

    How old are you?

  • lochinvar

    Mar 10, 2015 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Great – a 6’4″ striker in the style of Andy Carrol
    and no one in the team who can cross a ball to him…….
    Well JC there’s you’re next challenge – get some wingers signed !

  • Average_Contents

    Mar 10, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #12

    Sif! That’d be the transfer budget gone in one foul swoop. More like a jaffa cake with the edges bitten off and one of those mini cans of rola cola half empty. Fill ya boots lad.

    Le10 Sport have reported in the last hour that Newcastle have offered Ayew a salary of €2m net a season to join them when his contract expires. They are also willing to pay Ayew a signing on fee of €2.5m and as it stands they have put in the superior offer to the player. It has been claimed that he has also been offered contracts by Bundesliga side Wolfsburg and Serie A club AS Roma, but Newcastle’s is the better offer. However, it has been revealed that Ayew expects to receive more offers in the coming weeks from club in England and Germany

  • toon kk

    Mar 10, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #13

    Bring on top young players at Newcastle what a f***ing joke, they don’t even get the correct training ffs.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 10, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m not trying to belittle your post
    Le10sport is known in France as

    “l’embouchure des agents”

    The Agents Mouthpiece
    Notorious for their planted “exclusives”

    If it aint in L’Equipe it’s usually rubbish

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 10, 2015 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Is this kid yet another Ginger or Armstrong who will we put up upon a pedestal?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 10, 2015 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #16

    *we will

  • Thump

    Mar 10, 2015 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #17

    Having seen this kid play, he’s not that good. I mean, he’s alright, and I could make him look like Messi, but “top youngster”? Eh, I’ll wait until he proves that first.

    @Jeff: That’s what I said when my dad told me. Yellow journalism to the core. Load of cokc custard.

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 10, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #18

    In carver we trust, the club should give him a six a year contract.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 10, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #19

    Welsh…one day ai hope Pardew will take over at Swansea an appoint both Carver and JFK in important roles!

    …good riddance is all I can say!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 10, 2015 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #20

    *ia = I

  • croftus5678

    Mar 10, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #21

    because of his size and the way he plays i honestly think this lad has a lot more chance of adapting to the first team than arma as it stands !

    not that arma isnt more talented because he is but heardman is a true no9 and is a lot more psyical and wins a lot of headers.
    he still drops back quite a lot though so imo he needs to stay on the defenders backs.

    we have a few really good ones i’d tip to make it imo that could become better than we have atm ! callum/rolando for the wings for example and the 17yo i forget his name who norm plays cm but can also play either wing and has an awsome cross ! we also have a great rb who’s a tall lad and good at defending and going forward.

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 10, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #22

    That will never happen.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 10, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #23

    Sizeism is a terrible thing
    Welshie is only 4’10”
    Spare peoples feelings please

  • croftus5678

    Mar 10, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #24

    @23 jeff

    lol ok buddy i’m sorry if i offended any umpalumpas out there as i value them more than anyone ! it saves me bending down to reach things on the bottom shelf 🙂

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 10, 2015 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #25

    I think the Porto v Basel game will be a better watch than Real v Schalke tonight

  • Tsunki

    Mar 10, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #26

    Welsh, I know you try hard to be entertaining, popular and credible as a real nufc fan, but. And I know this will be a bit of a shock to you, comments like that at 18 are not as endearing as you might think.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 10, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #27

    I wonder if someone hit Tsunki with a piece of irony he might get it.
    Tsunki loosen your stays you pompous dick

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 10, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #28


    It’s hard bloody work trying to entertain you lot.

    Ha ha ha

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 10, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #29

    Actually Jeff I’m six foot seven ish.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 10, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #30

    Well there you go we’d be eye to eye.
    Second row for Tynedale me .
    And you ?

  • geordie157

    Mar 10, 2015 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #31

    So who exactly are our brightest prospects, i’ll now badly attempt a top 10, with 1 being the one with the potential to be a star……well better than most of the current squad anyway.

    1. Rolando Aarons
    2. Callum Roberts
    3. Lubomir Satka
    4. Adam Armstrong
    5. Freddie Woodman
    6. Daniel Barlaser
    7. Oliver Kemen
    8. Callum Williams
    9. Alex Gilliead
    10. Tom Heardman

    Couple of others that have looked decent too are Macaulay Gillesphey and Liam Gibson. (note I’ve only seen them play twice)

    Williams seems to be improving fast and is one to watch.

    I’ve left out Streete, think his chance has past and he’ll sign a perm deal at Rangers. Which leaves Bigi, who I think unfortunately will end up sitting on a bench at a league 1 side, bit like Inman does at Crewe.

  • croftus5678

    Mar 10, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #32

    @31 geordie

    cobain (the tall rb i was on about)
    heaney (the cm/winger i talked about)

    all those also worth keeping an eye on.

    and ofc bigi/campbell/streete/good/vukic

  • Sleepin Giant

    Mar 10, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #33

    Some really fatalistic comments about Ashley astill having Gers griopped by the gonads. Well, he’s been out manouevred. King talks the talk and has genuine aspirations for the club – not simply 5th in the SPL every season but a nice profit. Ashley does not understand ambition and desire in footnball clubs. Gers are differnt from us as they actually have won quite a lot of metalware and played regularly in Europe. Like us they had a profligate previous owner. Their fans are so much hungrier for success than the Toon – because most of them can remember it. They’ll be much less patient and it remains to be seen of King is a fit and proper person or can get them out of the mire. Meanwhile at SJP… SNAFU

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 10, 2015 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #34

    Actually the Real v Schalke match looking better at the mo’
    Mainly cos a lot of Square heids have turned up at the Bernabeu
    Canny atmos

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 10, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #35

    An evening on the San Miguel in the Plaza de Lima

    Aaaah —– one of lifes great pleasures

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 10, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #36

    Real Madrid will win that match Jeff.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 10, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #37

    Undoubtedly Welshie
    but Schalke have character and will make a game of it

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 10, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #38

    Anyone watching the game
    Schalke 1=0
    Sounds like the lads from Gelsenkirchen have been drinking all day
    Game on ya bugger

  • croftus5678

    Mar 10, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #39

    i’m watching vukic play for rangers.

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 10, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #40

    Chelsea vs Psg is going to be a good match tomorrow, i wish that female physio was at newcastle.


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