One of the only bright spots in Saturday’s game at Fulham, which was a dull and boring affair, with Newcastle not playing well enough to beat the bottom of the league side, was that 17 year-old Adam Armstrong finally made his first team debut for the club.
Adam Armstrong in action on Saturday for Newcastle
Adam has come into prominence very quickly this season, and he has been a standout for both the U18 side, who reached the quarter finals of the FA Youth Cup last week, and also for the U21 side.
And it turns out that Geordie John Carver used to play with Adam’s father in Sunday League football in Newcastle.
This is what John Carver had to say today:
“It’s a massive moment for Adam. I actually played Sunday morning football with his dad when I finished playing and let me tell you his dad used to make tackles like Hangeland did on Luuk de Jong all the time!”
“We played for the Windyke in the morning. The Denton Hotel and the Westerhope. He was a ferocious full-back who would kick his own granny!”
“We didn’t put Adam on for the sake of putting him on. He’s got a bright future in front of him. He’s only just turned 17 but I have to say he’s got a level head and he has to because of his family background.”
“He’s still got a lot of work to do but it’s a good taste for him. It’s a good situation to come on in a Premier League game when you’re 17.”
“You know in the North East, we love our strikers. He’s a natural goal scorer. He got in on the right hand side and I thought ‘There’s a chance to be a hero here’.
“He actually put it into the stand, which is unlike him because his record at youth team level and reserve team level is very good. He’s the one guy who does come alive when he gets the ball.”
Good words from Carver, and there’s no doubt this young lad is a very exciting prospect for Newcastle, and it’s very likely he will make his home debut on Saturday against Crystal Palace – that’s something special to go to the game on Saturday to witness..
And we hope he gets more than just five minutes on Saturday, because this lad can score goals, and if we are struggling in the second half – we hope John brings this lad on and gives him a chance to maybe even get the winner.
Wouldn’t that be something. 😀