Elliot Anderson netted a hat-trick for the Newcastle United Under-23s on Monday night.
The young Magpies took on Nottingham Forest away from home, and it was a night to remember for the teenager.
Anderson put Newcastle ahead early thanks to a penalty, then added two more in the second half to take home the match ball.
The hat-trick comes at the perfect time for Anderson, who will be hoping to impress new manager Eddie Howe.
Teenager featured in the first-team last season
Anderson featured in the first-team last season under Steve Bruce, making two substitute appearances. He’s yet to play in front of fans, with his two cameos coming in behind closed doors games.
He’s also very popular with Allan Saint-Maximin, who has been impressed with the youngster.
Fans have wanted to see more of Anderson in the first-team, but injuries have hindered his progress this season.
But could that change now he’s back fit and Howe is in charge?
What has Anderson said?
“I haven’t played in three or four weeks and to score a hat-trick to get my goal tally up is quite important to me,” Anderson told the club’s official website.
“In the short-term, I’m trying to impress the manager as much as I can, show what I’ve got and see if he notices.”
Anderson needs a Newcastle opportunity soon
Anderson has been training with the first-team, but wasn’t named on the bench for Howe’s first game against Brentford.
With performances like the one against Forest, it surely won’t be long before Anderson is back in the Premier League squad.
The sooner he gets an opportunity the better, as chances may be few and far between next year depending on how many reinforcements arrive in January.