By Russell Edge
Newcastle United hero Peter Beardsley has said that he has been impressed with the form of young duo Sean Longstaff and Ivan Toney during their respective loan spells.
Midfielder Longstaff, 19, has shown his talent in front of goal this season, scoring four times and adding a further two assists in his six appearances for Blackpool, which has led to reported interest from Premier League side Bournemouth.
Striker Toney, 21, has also impressed while at League One side Wigan, with two goals and three assists in his eight appearances for the Latics.
Beardsley, who scored 119 goals in 276 appearances for the club, is now a reserve coach for the Magpies and says he is delighted with the way the duo have progressed during their time out on loan, but insists they must continue to develop in the right way.
He told the Chronicle: “We send the lads out to try to improve them and get them better.
“The more experience they can get with good people the better.
“I know Gary Bowyer at Blackpool and he’s a good man who will look after Sean. Paul Cook will look after Ivan.
“They are both delighted with what they have got.
“It’s brilliant for him (Longstaff). It’s the same for Ivan Toney at Wigan, it’s great news.”
While Longstaff, a graduate of the Newcastle academy, is yet to make an appearance for the senior side, Toney, who the Magpies snapped up from Northampton in 2015, has four outings to his name, all coming from the substitutes bench.
However much of his time contracted to Newcastle has been spent out on loan, with stints at Barnsley, Shrewsbury and Scunthorpe, with 26 senior strikes to his name since his debut back in 2012.
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