Newcastle Could Have World Class Youngster On Their Books


Newcastle United U18 coach Dave Watson has taken Newcastle to the quarter finals of the FA Youth Cup, where we will meet Chelsea at home, and we reached the last eight by beating Derby away last Sunday, with a superb goal from 17 year-old local lad Adam Armstrong – and here are the highlights of that game if you haven’t yet seen them..

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Adam Armstrong – could become world-class – at Newcastle?

The Newcastle U18 side now have eight wins on the trot, so the youngsters are reaching top form at the right time.

This is what the Newcastle U18 manager had to say in the local press today about young Armstrong:

“He can come off center-halves and turn them. He can go on his left foot or right foot, he’s comfortable and can go either. His finishing qualities are fantastic.”

“Adam Armstrong came up with a bit of magic and scored a world-class goal. We’ve seen him do it on numerous occasions at the Academy.”

“It was going to take something special in the game and it just so happened to be Adam.”  “We have a good squad of over 20 players and they’ve all contributed at some time.”

“We have a tremendous team spirit. That’s the way it’s been going. It’s a fantastic competition.” “It just so happens that we watched the Class of 92 (Manchester United) going down on the team bus.”

“The Nicky Butts and Paul Scholes were all talking about the competition.”  “They say they have the Youth Cup medals up there with their Champions Leagues medals.”

“You can really class it as one of the main tournaments.” “That’s how high the competition is ranked.”

It’s not a coincidence that Newcastle won the FA Youth Cup in 1985 when Paul Gasgoigne was the captain, and we first won it back in 1962 when Bobby Moncur (296 appearances) and David Craig (412 appearances) were in the side, and they went on to play a cumulative 708 times for Newcastle.

And a short five years after Paul Gasgoigne lifted the trophy for Newcastle, he was starring for an England side managed by Bobby Robson,  in the semi-finals of the World Cup against Germany, which we eventually lost on penalties.

Newcastle had sold Gasgoigne back in 1988 to Tottenham – because in those days we were a selling club.

In five years time where will Adam Armstrong be?

By that time he will have just turned 22, and we hope he will also be a world-class player by then – and playing in black and white stripes – and not for Juventus.

It’s possible.

But Newcastle will have to change the way we are run, because otherwise it’s unlikely that Adam will still be at Newcastle – if he becomes that good – because just like back in 1988, we have again become a selling club.

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13 comments so far

  • John Tudor

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #1

    probably arsenal?

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  • Colombus

    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #2

    We will not be signing expensive big names but we can always hope we can be able to sign a couple of big talents.

    As a striker I would have a look at Riviere at Monaco. He’s done quite well for them but he will soon ble surplus to requirements. His style would fit perfectly in the PL. Guidetti might still be a steal, even if he doesn’t get too much playing time at Stoke now. Kevin Volland at Hoffenheim is another exciting prospect who might be ready for a new challenge.

    As our new creative midfielder I think De Jong is a good shout, but personally I would go for either Ever Banega or my favourite Roberto Firmino. All available, and all fantastic players.

    In the winger-department I would love us go for Alavaro Vadillo. Betis looks to go down but this guy is pure class and might be a fantastic signing! Memphis Depay is another great and seemingly available talent. Aaron Hunt might be a great free agent.

    We also need a new MS here but I’m not so sure who I would like. Adil Rami seems available… What do you think? Lets hope we get som new and fresh faces in that can bring some new spark to the table eyyyhh! 😉

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  • John Tudor

    Feb 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #3

    a nice fresh fach i would love to see is

    ashleys after continuing pummeling with a baseball bat

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  • valle

    Feb 20, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #4

    All we need now is a world class owner…

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  • toon1707

    Feb 20, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #5

    The season is basically over for us I think we will remain where we are till the end so would it hurt to give him a few run outs

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 20, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #6

    I’ll believe it when I see it – this kid becoming a genuine PL player, that is. Last year it was going to be Campbell, a year or two before it was Ferguson. Ben Tozer, Adam Spear etc. etc; they come and go and at the end of the day they’ve all been a waste of space. Let’s be honest, our youth development and talent scouting system is as dysfunctional and ineffective as the rest of the club’s structures and has been for a long time, even pre-dating the Ashley era I have to say.

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  • Blofal

    Feb 20, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #7

    To be fair the goal he scored really was a blinder.

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  • Taff the Mag

    Feb 20, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Do,nt praise the lad too much Ed or Mr Cashley will have him in the shop window.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 20, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #9

    The kid scores a good goal playing against other kids. That’s fine, but until he is in the first team and doing it at the top level it’s all just speculation. I just can’t help but feeling that with our all too obvious lack of expertise and flair in terms of scouting and coaching we are (and will contine to be) chronically unable to find and or develop quality youngsters as the successful clubs do. And that will be the case until, or if, there is a complete overhaul beginning with ownership.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Feb 20, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #10

    And while I’m on a rant I’ll keep going. Clubs like Man Utd, Liverpool Arsenal and Chelsea will have had people watching this kid play since he was about 12 or so. That’s what they do. They are willing and able to spend money employing experienced scouts and they have plenty of them. If he looked like the real deal, he would have been off to one of those clubs by the time he was 15. It’s not by chance the top clubs continue to distance themselves from the riff-raff.

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  • Sav

    Feb 20, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #11

    If the kid turns out good, Monster Mash will only flog him.

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  • JARRAMAG

    Feb 20, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #12

    This lad certainly doesn’t need this pressure on him at 17 yrs old.Over the last few years this site has championed 2 other players for stardom-being Adam Campbell(not setting the world alight at St Mirren) and Phil Airey(22 yrs old now at Whitley Bay)and both are light years from our first team so please leave this lad alone or he will end up at either Scotland or non league.

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  • widowmagandapoke

    Feb 20, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Will he get a chance in the first team though?
    I honestly think that the ruling body of football make it a condition that every m every match clubs should field at least three home grown players and have one on the bench.
    That would give British players a chance to mature quickly and it would be a bonus for the national sides.

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