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..
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.
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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