The Newcastle U18 side did very well in the FA Youth Cup this season, and were only knocked out last week when they lost a close game 3-2 to Chelsea who now meet Arsenal in the semi-finals.
Adam Armstrong in action on Saturday
And three of that team – Adam Armstrong, Rolando Aarons and Lubo Satka – all traveled to Fulham with the first team – and of course Adam Armstrong made his debut for the first team in the second half.
This is what John Carver has said about the natural number 10 player in the Shields Gazette:
“Adam’s deserved that taste,” “He’s been hanging around it for five or six weeks now. Eventually, he’s got that opportunity.”
“The thing is, he’s a level-headed boy.” “He’ll take it the right way, and continue to work. It’s great he had that opportunity.”
Adam is a local lad who lives in Chapel House estate, and is currently playing for the England U17 side and is one of Newcastle’s top prospects for some time, and he’s only just turned 17 last month.
Rolando Aarons, shown above, is an 18 year-old winger with loads of skill, and Roland was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and is another top prospect for Newcastle who also played against Chelsea U18s and he’s played nine times for the Newcastle U21 side.
And 18 year-old Lubo Satka shown above is from Slovakia, and is a strong center-back and has already played for the Slovakia U19 side, and he’s played 10 times for the Newcastle U21 side, and looked very impressive.
They have both been really impressive for the U18 side and John Carver said this about them to the Shields Gazette:
“Lubo (Lubo Satka ) and Rolando (Aarons) travelled because of their performances the other night in the Youth Cup against Chelsea,”
John Carver today has further expanded on how important the youngsters are at the Tyneside club:
“Part of it for our young players is being able to play in front of our crowd, which is 52,000, and that is not easy. Not everyone can do that.”
“It’s nice for them to get a taste of it, and it just proves the good work that is being done in our academy through Joe Joyce, Dave Watson and Kev Richardson.”
“We have a nucleus of four or five players who have a chance. We were all there when they lost to Chelsea in the quarter-finals of the Youth Cup last week, against a top side who had paid a lot of money for their side and had some very, very good players.”
“We had some players who did very well, and those occasions are very important to pick up experience.” “Well we hope to announce another bit of good news out of that situation in the next couple of weeks.”
“Some of those players have done very well for us. We’ll be looking to secure their futures.”
It looks like Newcastle’s top youngsters and at the very least these three lads, will get new extended contracts very soon, and they will be given every chance to come through and be a part of the first team in the next couple of years.
Two other top young players who arrived at the club only last year are midfielder 17 year-old Frenchman Olivier Kemen, who scored with his hand last week against Chelsea, and top young Swiss defender Kevin Mbabu.
Those five youngsters are probably the pick of the bunch of youngsters at the club at the moment, and Newcastle will be successful if they can groom these lads for the first team and all five are in the first team squad in a couple of years time.
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