A report on the Mail Online claimed Newcastle are hoping to re-sign young centre-back Lewis Gibson from Everton, who could be open to a move, following the success of his friends Sean and Matty Longstaff.
Gibson left for Goodison Park as a direct consequence of Beardsley’s treatment of his teammates, and with the former Newcastle hero now sacked by the club, and suspended for seven months by the FA, the defender could return to Tyneside.
The England youth international is out of contract on Merseyside next summer, and could hope to emulate the Longstaffs’ emergence at St James’ Park, and the pair will surely try to persuade him to return.
He is said to be close to both Sean and Matty, and they may well have a big role to play in tempting their former teammate back to the club.
Young talent may see Newcastle as a place where they can get first-team chances
Re-signing the promising prospect would be an apt end to the whole Beardsley saga, and would be a fitting outcome for the player, who may never have left, had it not been for the behind the scenes circumstances.
With the Longstaffs suddenly being propelled into the spotlight, Gibson – and other young players like him – may start to see Newcastle as a place where they can have a realistic chance of getting first-team opportunities.
If that is the case, it can only be good news for the prospects of snapping up young talent from both at home and abroad.
Of course, not every player will eventually make the grade, but for every few that do not, there will be one who will.
And ensuring that the one stand-out player is wearing the black and white of Newcastle when he does, should always be a priority for the club.