By Russell Edge

Newcastle United hero and current reserve coach has compared current star Dwight Gayle to former Magpies striker Andy Cole.

The ex-Manchester United man starred at St James’ Park before his move to Old Trafford, netting an outstanding 68 goals in 84 appearances for the Magpies during his two years on Tyneside.

He was partnered with Beardsley after manager Kevin Keegan had brought the attacking midfielder to the club in 1993, with the duo forming a formidable partnership up front for the Magpies.

Now, the 56-year-old says he sees the same qualities in Gayle as he did in his former team mate, and insists that the striker would have thrived had the Newcastle coach been playing alongside him.

He told the Chronicle: “I wish I’d have played with Dwight Gayle.

“He’s the type of player I loved playing with because he’s always ready.

“He wants to make his runs and wants the ball.

“That’s what Andy Cole was like, they’re very similar.”

Beardsley took charge of Gayle and several other senior players as they came into his side for a reserve clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday, with the striker looking to regain his fitness after an injury layoff.

However, Beardsley knows that the Newcastle star, who was the club’s top scorer with 23 goals last season, will be back to his best once he has returned to full fitness.

He said to the Chronicle: “He will come good again.

“But he needs to get his sharpness and get back to normal.

“There will be an important point where he becomes part of the team again.”

The Magpies lost 1-0 to Wolves, with Gayle cutting a lonely figure up top, and Beardsley says he wished he had been able to run on the pitch to supply him with the support he knows he needs.

““I don’t want to sound big-headed but he didn’t really have a number 10 to make him a goal,” said the former midfielder to the Chronicle.

“I know what Dwight wants and needs and I could deliver it.”

In five appearances this season, only two of which have been starts, Gayle is yet to find the net, although he may be given the chance to change that when Liverpool visit St James’ Park on Sunday.

In other Newcastle United news, former goalkeeper Tim Krul has offered his opinion on the situation at the club.

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