It’s Amazing – I Can’t Believe It – I’m Buzzing

Adam Armstrong made his first team debut for Newcastle United on Saturday, and it could be a momentous occasion for a young player who has great potential, and hopefully Adam can become a regular Newcastle first team player before too long.

adam armstrong shoots over the bar

Adam Armstrong shoots over the bar at Fulham

Certainly he has amazing potential and John Carver has said today he is a natural goalscorer.

Adam hails from Chapel Hill estate where I used to live when I was still in Newcastle (had to look it up – but we lived at 8 Coldside Gardens – and yes it was cold), before I left for IBM in Hursley, and the young budding star had this to say in the Chronicle today:

“It was a disappointing result.” “Obviously the lads done really well but couldn’t get through at the end. I am absolutely buzzing to get on and make my Premier League debut.”

“This is what it’s all about.” “As a young kid this is what you want to do.” “For me to get here and come on is just amazing.” “I can’t believe it – I’m buzzing.”

Armstrong has just been selected once again for the the England Under-17 squad, this time for the European Championships in the Czech Republic this summer, so that’s something we’ll keep an eye on – as well as the World Cup in Brazil of course.

Adam won the Wor Jackie trophy at the Sport Newcastle awards event just last Monday, and John Carver, who also gave 18 year-old Charles N’Zobgbia his Newcastle debut ten years ago – had this to say about the 17 year-old:

“The thing about Adam is, he’s a young lad who is level-headed. He won’t get carried away by it. He will get his head down and continue to work hard.

“This is just a taste of what could happen for him. If he has a career in the game, then great.”  “The last guy I gave a debut to was Charles N’Zobgia in the 3-0 win against Blackburn when I was caretaker.”

“He went on to make a decent career. Hopefully Adam can too.”

If Luuk de Jong and Papiss Cisse are having trouble scoring again on Saturday, we’d love to see this lad brought on – and maybe even for the whole of the second half.

That would be great to see.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

38 comments so far

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Put him in the starting line up at the weekend, he will have the crowd backing him, why not just like Rooney when he made is debut as 16 or 17 year old.

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #2

    I’d start armstrong next week against palace, none of our other strikers are scoring, nothing to lose.

    Even if he has a nightmare game and messes everything up it will do him no harm, fans will have patience with him and he’ll be so buzzing making a home debut for his club nothing will knock him down.

    There is no pressure on him to save us from relegation, it’s just a battle for 8th. Let him have a go so we know whether he can make an impact for next season or not.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #3


    Pardew gets results. Doesn’t he just!!!

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #4


    Exactly…the lad will be so happy just to be playing even a bad game wont kill his confidence, might as well find out if he can do it….we all know shola and cisse can’t anymore.

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 17, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #5


    The bloke got us 5th and now has us 9th….it’s not horrific with the players we have had, 16th was very poor but the man also got us a european quarter final that year.

    He isn’t a great manager, not even good in my opinion, but he isn’t the worst guy i’ve seen in charge.

    Even with guardiola or mourinho in charge i wouldn’t think we’d get much higher than 6th at best.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 17, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #6

    Agree Pardew isn’t a great manager, the style of football isn’t great but he had around where we should be
    Could another manager get more out of this group of players? Possibly have us one maybe two places higher but don’t think there’s much more to squeeze tbh
    Think we as fans massively over rate our players, we hear it thrown around that we have a team full of internationals but it’s not like there regular internationals, one or two of them but certainly not the whole squad
    Krul Taylor Colo Yanga Santon HBA Marv Anita Sissoko Gouffran De Jong all are only ever on the fringes of the national squads
    We have a squad full of players who have either had potential but never reached it or have potential but are struggling to prove it
    We have two proven players at top level in Tiote and Debuchy and that’s about it, possibly Remy

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 17, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #7

    As for investment in the summer, comments made earlier this year just prove that this shambles is getting made up as it goes along, the club via JfK claimed that from now on only one or two players would be signed each calendar year, we were five players short when we had the panic buy last January, we have since let five go, with all the predicted depattures this summer, whose idea was it to announce our transfer strategy.

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 17, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #8


    I say this every time people say “well we had 9 internationals in the team”….they are fringe players like you say at best.

    The reason we get these talented players so cheap is down to the fact they are inconsistent and as such not regular internationals and also don’t produce every week.

  • Ciaran

    Mar 17, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #9

    I’m as critical of Ashley as they come, but within that criticism includes those complicit in his ‘crimes’ and I’m afraid that includes Alan Pardew.

    By no means do I think Pardew is a major problem at the club – he is but a symptom – but nor do I have any sympathy for this slithering spineless snake who has brought our club into disrepute and repeatedly lied to the fans to protect his omnipotent leader from criticism.

    Add to that the fact he dedicated one of our best wins of the season to Mike Ashley and you begin to get a picture of the bloke.

    We could get a better manager in, but we won’t, and while I will always want an Alan Pardew led Newcastle side to win, I will never have sympathy or trust for the man and that is a sad way to feel about the manager of your club.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 17, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #10

    Fully agree
    We have at best 3-4 regular consistent performers in Debuchy, Tiote, Colo (ish) and Williamson
    Cabaye was probably our most consistent performer and when he found that level we had him out the door faster than you can say Wonga!

    The only consistency with the rest is there inconsistency!
    You look at our apparent “top class” lads, Marv, HBA, Cisse, Krul none of them can seem to maintain a level of form for any extended period, this isn’t just here, this is over there career’s

    As you said there’s a reason we get them so cheap, granted we land the odd absolute bargain, like Cabs via a clause or Ba also on a clause or Goofy who’s contract is running down but for the most part it’s because clubs are almost cashing in whilst there stocks still high
    That’s not to say these lads aren’t going to reach there potential but for some it looks highly unlikely…

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 17, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #11

    Agree and have sympathy for him but with club as it is with financial restrictions and squad and staff i don’t think there’s a lot more to get out of this squad except maybe a more attractive style to keep us mid table

  • Ciaran

    Mar 17, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #12


    The point being is that Pardew knows that he’s feeding the paying public a line when he claimed that Cabaye would be replaced if he was sold, or when after the final game of last season he claimed that we were looking at getting 2 or 3 players ‘over the line’ to strengthen.

    So if a manager is willingly lying to the fans, how can we have anything but disdain for the man? Of course, this aspect of his management is a consequence of the shoddy way in which Mike Ashley is running the club, but I’ll refuse to ever say I ‘feel sorry’ for Pardew.

    I felt sorry for Keegan, but respected him for being principled enough to stand up to his bully boy tactics. I felt sorry for Hughton because he was wrongly kicked out of the club after doing a magnificent job.

    Pardew couldn’t lace either men’s boots.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 17, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #13

    Fully understand
    Just don’t see where the club goes from here
    A new manager, will it change anything?

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 17, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #14


    Exactly…they could develop to be more consistent but it’s unlikely…it’s the very reason we smash teams 3-0 sometimes then the week after get beat 5-0 and why we can scrape wins when not playing well as if one of our players turns up they can bail us out with an individual goal.

    Consistently good players usually cost top money (upwards of 10mil).

    I have no sympathy for pardew, if he didn’t like the job he could walk away and straight into another one as he has a reputation as good manager, he is sticking around and as Ciaran says being a mouthpiece for the owner, trying to justify the rubbish we get served up from Ashley.

  • dufuss

    Mar 17, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #15

    big change from peeps saying last season
    we cant put young cambell in it will destroy him

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 17, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #16


    I always wanted campbell to get a run last year, but last year there was a lot more pressure on, we were battling relegation where this year we are comfortable and will neither go up nor down more than a single place, much easier for the kid.

  • dufuss

    Mar 17, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #17

    its never easy trust me i know

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 17, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #18

    Just been checking out John Gibsons’ article in the Chronicle when he talks about Shearer, Supermac and Wor Jackie. After reading the article I think it might be desirable to greet my fellow bloggers with phrases such as “Hello sailor” or “Ooooooh hello boyz”. (Bear with me on this for a while longer).
    An extract from John Gibsons’ article is as follows:-
    “Why were Alan Shearer, SuperMac and Wor Jackie so revered by the camp followers of Newcastle United?”

    Well after supporting the Toon for many a year to describe our supporters as “camp” is I think a step too far.
    Definition of camp from Cambridge Online Dictionaries :-
    ” behaving and dressing in a way that some people think is typical of a gay man:”

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #19


    I agree, never easy but much easier coming into a team that’s playing better and also under less pressure to win…obviously they want to win every game, but he will know one mistake won’t cost us prem league survival, which was the case last year.

  • dufuss

    Mar 17, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #20

    i would start him
    after all he is ours
    if he burns out what the hell flog him

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 17, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #21


    he shouldn’t burn out playing a single game, or even a few….he can’t do any worse than cisse or shola in terms of being a goal threat.

    I think the first few games the lad will be on such a high he will be fine physically and mentally, not to say he will play well, just i don’t think a bad game effects him.

  • Belfast

    Mar 17, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #22

    Well if he doesn’t get a chance now he never will.

    I’d rather see him starting than Cisse.

  • dufuss

    Mar 17, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #23

    what i meant he is ours to do what we please be it play for four or five seasons flat out he is ours
    get shot of remy send him back now get shot of de dong too

  • BandB

    Mar 17, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #24

    I see the football is about to get even more “affordable”.

    I suppose this prefigures huge investment and a push for Europe rather than the further Ashleyfication of the NUFC raison d’etre.

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 17, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #25

    BandB…Ah yes, the great tactic of giving a substandard product less expensively than just charging the going rate for what everyone wants….I love the way Ashley runs Sports Direct, I mean Newcastle United.

    I hope these benefiting fans are aware that their reward is coming out of our transfer kitty this summer 😉

  • BandB

    Mar 17, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #26


    It is increasingly hard not to confuse the Official Club Website with the Sports Direct one in the mind’s eye. All that’s missing are the big 70 per cent offer stickers.

    This is us.

    The Discount Club. Discount tickets. Discount players. Discount any dreams of success.

  • Whumpie

    Mar 17, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #27

    I think the club shoukd go beyond just blooding young talent and focus on OUR talent. Get sone geordies out there!

    ——– Alnwick
    Mbia – Willo – Collo – Dummy
    Sissoko – Anita – Tiote
    Sameobi – Armstrong – Goofy

    That’s a fair show of local talent and mainstream experience.

    (Couldn’t bring myself to put Saylor in; sorry)

  • Belfast

    Mar 17, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #28

    Yep, nice one Mikey

  • Belfast

    Mar 17, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #29

    It’s not really a great deal until the sports direct mug is included, in my opinion.

  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 17, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #30

    BandB…It’s inspiring stuff and games like the previous Fulham match are when we really get to appreciate where and what we are as a club.

    Belfast…The SD mug is the pinnacle of being a NUFC fan. Only the very best supporters should get one.

  • Belfast

    Mar 17, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #31

    Fantastic bit of a china that mug Ibiza.

    And now you can get the sports direct mag, to go along with the sports direct mug. Which is marvelous.

  • Brutooon

    Mar 17, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #32

    it is time to give youngsters a chance and stop the likes of AGEING SHOLA AMEOBI to play

  • wolfshead@toon

    Mar 17, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #33


    ohhh suit you sir

  • mag

    Mar 17, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #34

    Can the Pardew, apologists explain what it is they see in the loser that the rest of us cannot?

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 17, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #35

    Agreed if there not going to start throwing in oversized SD mugs with every ticket purchase then i really don’t see the point!!

    Just wish the oversized SD mug that owns the club would break as easily as his sh1tty freebies!

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 17, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #36

    wolfshead- hello sailor.

  • Whumpie

    Mar 17, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #37

    Mag: 9th.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 17, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #38

    I would love to see a forward line like this; Armstrong, Campbell . Two fast local lads giving their all for the toon. Then add De Jong in the hole for extra height and to be the link up man.

    What have we got to lose? Nothing anymore so I say go for it. But I think Campbell is injured isn’t he?


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