Peter Beardsley: " I've worked with a lot of academy kids and, in terms of attitude and ability, Michael was the best
"I first got to know Michael as a 15-year-old who was on Newcastle's books and about to become apprentice.
"I've worked with a lot of academy kids and, in terms of attitude and ability, Michael was the best.
"I'd say 90 per cent of where Michael is today is down to himself. His attitude and enthusiasm. That's something you can't give people. I can't speak highly enough of him.
"No disrespect to Michael - and I've spoken to him about this before - he may not be a top Premier League player but he is a brilliant Championship player.
"It's no surprise to me that he's scoring goals and he'll be a threat to Newcastle on Sunday."