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That’s Unfair – I Need To Protect Adam Armstrong

9:45 am, Friday, April 11th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 70 Comments

With Newcastle simply looking hopeless over the last three games, there have been calls from Newcastle fans to give youngster Adam Armstrong some sub appearances, because after all – he is the future of Newcastle - and some of the players at the club right now will be gone in the summer.

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Adam Armstrong – in England U17 colors

And in his interviews yesterday, the Newcastle manager was asked why he was not giving younger players like Adam Armstrong an opportunity in the first team.

This is what Alan Pardew said:

“I think it’s a little bit unfair,” “I gave Oxlade-Chamberlain his debut at Southampton when he was 16 or 17. Mark Noble was definitely 16. Jonjo Shelvey was 16 or 17. I don’t shy away from young players, in fact, nothing gives me more pleasure.”

“But I have to protect the welfare of the player. Now this player is coming into a team at the moment that is not functioning very well. I’m not sure he is quite ready to start at this level in his own confidence, so I don’t want to damage him in any way.”

“If the team was performing better, if we were looking like we were bossing games, I think that would be an environment where he could come on. So we’ve got to earn the right for him.”

“With fans calling for him, I think I would probably get a lot of plaudits if I put him in the team. But actually that’s not the right decision for him or the team, so I am resisting that at the moment for the player, more than anything.”

Shola Ameobi was brought on last Saturday after 85 minutes, and of course Shola will be leaving Newcastle in the summer, and we were already a beaten team – at 3-0 down – so why not give Adam Armstrong a short run-out?

There seems to be a good case there, and even short appearances do introduce the youngsters to how it’s like in the Premier League.

That substitution was one reason fans wanted to see Adam coming on, rather than a player whose Newcastle career is over in the summer  - even though Shola is a local player.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Adam Armstrong · Newcastle News · Premier League · Shola Ameobi


70 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jazzyp // Apr 11, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    What a load of crap……….I didn’t see anyone protecting a certain Rooney or Owen when they busrt on to the football stage.We have jack to play for now apart from a top 10 status.So let him loose and give him that experience he needs.Then again you could always bring on shola again for the last 5 minutes and prove to us all what an inept manager you really are.

  • 2 jazzyp // Apr 11, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    On the Remy debate as in him wanting champions league football. Who can blame him for wanting to better himself as did Cabaye.

  • 3 mindshaft // Apr 11, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    He’s protecting his job and is scared to take a chance – given that we are pretty much going to finish where we are in the league and the fact that we’ll lose a few players come the summer it’s a perfect opportunity to give players on the fringes a chance – certainly can’t do much worse than the current first team

  • 4 jazzyp // Apr 11, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Play Benny and Marvs and the likes of Armstrong for a full 90 mins for every game that is left. That will give the management all the info they need to see if they are good enough to stay or be moved on,Not inc Adam of course.

  • 5 70TWO // Apr 11, 2014 at 10:06 AM


    It does seem to be a ridiculous situation where there is nothing to play for, we know it , the players know it and yet the manager harks on about being embarrassed with defeats. If he played those that have something to play for then the motivation would be greater to put in a performance, no matter the result. If he wants to protect Armstrong he would not let him anywhere near the first team squad at the moment, as there is no real inspiration.

  • 6 jazzyp // Apr 11, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    What more motivation does a player need if he’s playing for his career mate.Unless the decision has already been made on certain players to be shipped out come the summer months

  • 7 JP...from The Rock // Apr 11, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    This just doesn’t make sense. What a stupid comment about protecting Armstrong. As we all know we have jack shite to play for so why not play him? Okay perhaps not the whole match okay I agree but at least 20-30 min so he can get that valuable experience in the prem.

    Pardew is clueless and defies logic most of the time like our owner. They really make me sick now and these stupid decisions really get on my nerves.

    If he’s waiting for us to be cruising in a game to put him on we’ll never see Armstrong play.
    When was the last time we we’re cruising in a match? Even with Remy playing!??

    Pardew Out! Or else we’ll even see him attempt to give Strolla another bloody extension to his contract!!

  • 8 70TWO // Apr 11, 2014 at 10:30 AM


    There should be no need for motivation other than to play, but a few of the team are being run into the ground. An experimental side that would give players the opportunity to shine would be:

    ————— Cisse
    ——–HBA ———- Marveuax
    Haidarra – Anita – Gosling – Santon
    —— Collo — Willo — Mbiwa
    —————– Elliot

  • 9 jazzyp // Apr 11, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Agree with the team mate apart from Gosling.He’s gone come the summer months so let a player who will be on our books next year step up to the plate.
    What I cant work out is Percy saying we are definitely going to sign only 2 players when we are going to lose at least Strolla-Gosling-Remy-Ldj-Newton who’s contracts finish on the 1st of june.Never mind Gutti-Marvs and Obershocker

  • 10 cyprus // Apr 11, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Cabaye on the bench is bettering himself?

  • 11 70TWO // Apr 11, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    To expand on that team:
    Haidara / Collo – covering Odemwingy
    Mbiwa / Santon – covering that Austrian
    Willo – covering Crouch
    Anita / Gosling – breaking up their play and playing out passes beyond the half way line.
    HBA / Haidara – work the left wing to the base line (two left footers)
    Marveaux / Santon – work the right wing supplying in / out ward crosses.
    Cisse – score!

  • 12 cyprus // Apr 11, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    But I get what you mean

  • 13 martoon // Apr 11, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Ed’s called it right. There would be no pressure coming on when we are losing 3 – 0 anyway so what was the point of bringing on Shola? It would have been a perfect opportunity to give young Armstrong a runout for 10 minutes.
    I’m not as anti-Pardew as some on here but his substitutions are completely baffling.

  • 14 cyprus // Apr 11, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Bayern fans complain that he doesn’t pass enough, he loses the ball too much, but then say ‘respect’ when he gets them goals. HBA should be thought of in a similar way. Just play to his strengths, not weaknesses.

  • 15 70TWO // Apr 11, 2014 at 10:50 AM


    I have never known Gosling have a bad game, just not particularly outstanding and has been a long time in coming. However, I think he makes a good squad player who is actually hungry to succeed. It depends on the offers he gets in the summer but I would not rule him out of offering him an extension, unlike Strolla (please, no)

  • 16 cyprus // Apr 11, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    AP must go mate, now, before the end of the season. He’s done his thing, it’s over. Not saying he’s a bad chap, but he is very limited as a coach.

  • 17 jazzyp // Apr 11, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    It depends how you define bettering yourself mate.If you want to win medals and play for one of the top teams in Europe and double your salary.Then I would class as bettering ones self !!

  • 18 cyprus // Apr 11, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Was talking of Roben, btw

  • 19 cyprus // Apr 11, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Can’t disagree with that. Big fish in small pond, that kind of thing. Just not sure if he’ll ever be a star now, much like poor Ba, who did pull off a miracle for his ungrateful employers

  • 20 70TWO // Apr 11, 2014 at 10:54 AM


    The 10 minutes Armstrong played (can’t remember where) he reported back that it is all a lot quicker and working out frailties is heightened. Now imagine what a consistent 10 minutes every game would do for the lad, with the added bonus of not relying on a result.

  • 21 Rotonda heights // Apr 11, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    “There’s absolutely no conflict in terms of where we’re going. The owner’s set out the criteria and we’ve got to bring in players to take us forward.
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -

    We’ve got to bring in a MANAGER to take us forward. Messi and Ronaldo couldn’t save pardew. Pardew is the most cautious, dull and frankly cowardly manager on the planet.

  • 22 danuneek // Apr 11, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    If Pardew is not going to play him now when we have nothing to play for, when is he going to play him? When we do have something to play for but are still loosing…

  • 23 jazzyp // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    I agree bud that the grass is not always greener on the other side.If Psg go after there intended targets in Hazard and Pogba then where will that leave poor Cabs if he is struggling to get into the squad now

  • 24 Rotonda heights // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:01 AM


    I’d say Cabaye has bettered himself massively.

    PSG title winners
    US: Top 10 – wow!!

    PSG European cup quarter finalists
    US – Zilch

    PSG: Top manager and coach
    US: Pardew

    PSG: probably triple is wages
    US: Far less earning power

  • 25 mindcompressor // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    so, in other words pardass is saying that he agrees that situation is bad but he is not going to change anything :) shola is always a solution, because what? he is at the same level as pathetic tactic of pardew? did he he admit that we are not fantastic? who fault is this? probably ben arfa’s and marv’s…

    i got another idea for alan – say to fans to not come to stadium (or sit in front of tv) to protect us from watching that shit. kids can watch this anti-football. soon sky sports will be giving information before our games like for adult movies. “only for people with strong nervous system. contains awful and horrible scenes”.

  • 26 Rotonda heights // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:04 AM


    if pardew is waiting for us to play attacking attractive and winning football where we actually score goals, Armstrong will be waiting a hell of a long time.

    pardew is so so wrong for developing our players

  • 27 Ancientcoptic // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Reading between the lines, Pardew is admitting we are feeble at the moment, so feeble that he would not put a 17 year old in the team, in fear of ruining the player. (This is your team Pardew)

    This does not explain why he was giving Adam Campbell a paltry 5 minutes here and there last season. I recall at least 3 times last season when we scored late in a game after Campbell came on. For some unknown reason Campbell was forgotten about, and Ameobi was the super-sub again.

    I guess it is okay to play senior players in a mediocre set up, but not younger players.

    So is Armstrong going to get his chance next season? I thought we were buying strikers in the summer.

    Are we going to wait until Armstrong is even further down the pecking order, and other players are in form, until we give him a chance? That makes a whole lot of sense.

    Genius idea – build a team that does not have any space or time to develop a younger player, then think about playing him?

    Giving a player game time can damage a player, that is a new one.

    A good player will shine in any team they play in.

    Pardew’s big story book is on the Goldilocks page – Little Adam will have to wait until the porridge (team) is just right.

    I have to say, this is maybe the first time I have heard a manager use his team as an excuse for not playing a player.

  • 28 70TWO // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    No doubt we will get the same side that played Man U tomorrow, with poor half chances created and defensive frailties a go-go. I wonder if they would consider starting with 9 men to even things up a bit.

  • 29 jayphoto // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    What’s most annoying is if Pardew leaves us and either Campbell or Armstrong go onto be good players he’ll be saying he gave them their debuts and take credit too.
    Pretty sure he gave Noble and Ox debuts in lower leagues when at both southampton and west ham they had the best squad in the league and where cruising in games.
    At southampton he had no choice but use young players as their squad was so young. When he did buy players they were 28-32.
    I think he has an awful record for developing youth

  • 30 Rotonda heights // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:08 AM


    I love the look of that team in a classic Brazilian 343

    Pardew would wet himself playing Ben Arfa and Marveaux either side of Cisse, but god knows why they didn’t try that just once when Ba left

  • 31 Rotonda heights // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:09 AM


    tragically he convinced ash otherwise

  • 32 70TWO // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Rotonda heights

    Give the Newbrazil kit another outing (although the winning streak has faded).

  • 33 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    I get Pardew’s point about not playing them given the teams form, but as everyone else has said we have nothing to play for, are getting hammered anyway so at least give the kids some game time. personally I would’t want Arma starting at Stoke, but I’d give Aarons and Arma both a run out at home against the 2 welsh sides. Maybe start Arma, and give Aarons 30 mins in each. Let them cut their teeth a bit. I’d be tempted with some of the others as well.

    Seriously, how much worse can it all get?

  • 34 The next Mike Williamson // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    I bet he gave Oxlade, Noble, & Shelvey 5 minutes in the carling cup once then dropped them for someone terrible.
    Also it’s easy to play a premier league quality youth when you have a league 1 team. he’s too afraid to play young players in premier because he doesn’t have the stats to show him how much they run about. best play the experienced rubbish guys.

  • 35 Rotonda heights // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Losing at home to reading last season when we were winning and playing well but genius pardew decided to hook marveaux was the massive wake up call that has just never been heeded.

  • 36 beefman13 // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    I’m cynical, AP is full of horseshit, he has not ever dropped a fit “purple” for a young upcoming player, not ever, Shola will no doubt yet again get more playing time against Stoke no doubts, young Armstrong would be buzzing at the thought of getting on, AP why include Armstrong in the squad and then leave him dangling!!!

    Oh and mysterious injuries to Remy, Sissoko,and Debuchy????? world cup around the corner for these lads and they know it, little niggles that are lasting 5 weeks, they have not got the balls to play incase of injury, hope we do sell them even if MA pockets more lowee, deflated completely with everything going on at the toon, everyone is i suspect, this is from someone who was just below the manic state of Billson 18 month ago, we are just Baghdad to MA`S Exocet missiles, just drained by it all.

  • 37 jayphoto // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Might be wrong here and doing some a diservice, but we have NOTHING to play for! The players that aren’t going to be here next season shouldn’t be anywhere near the team! (I include remy in that) its pretty obvious HBA, Marveaux, Shola, Gosling, Remy won’t be nufc players, so what are we getting from using them in nothing games?
    I agree with De jong playing, as we have the option to sign and it takes a while for foreigners (even henry) to adapt to EPL.
    Personally would have recalled Tavernier as debuchys injured, Vuckic as we have no creativity and Campbell. It would have made sense to see Armstrong, Campbell, vuckic and maybe Sammy get 30 mins or so off the bench to give them league experience!
    The chance to blood youngsters in the premier league with no fear of being relegated and no chance of getting into europe is so rare, it could have been a positive for the long term benefit of the team but its being wasted

  • 38 70TWO // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Ok, will have to leave the classic late 80s house tunage and dissin’ Pardew until after the match, plus reasonable amount of time to calm down. Be around again next Friday then!

  • 39 Toon Tang // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    just chuck him in pards for chuffs sake man. We all know your keeping him back because its what everyone’s calling fur and you want to show us you’re in charge.

  • 40 Ancientcoptic // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Pardew not playing Armstrong, or giving him a pathetic 5 minutes at the end of a game is showing his cowardice.

    And like all cowards, he is attempting to imply he is the bigger man for walking away from the fight.

    “I think I would probably get a lot of plaudits if I put him in the team. But actually that’s not the right decision for him or the team”

    It is football for goodness sake, not the Thunderdome in Mad Max 2. I am pretty sure he will survive 30 minutes with all his limbs and sanity in tact.

  • 41 mag // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Under Pardew Newcastle United have never been an attacking football team, it’s not in his DNA when he attended the same coaching sessions as Mourinho and Rodgers he must have been the dunce of the class. Mourinho and Rodgers have gone on to build attractive formidable sides and he hasn’t.

  • 42 Ancientcoptic // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    I wouldn’t play young defenders in our current set up, I could understand that thinking.

    A young striker coming into a side that isn’t scoring goals…. excuse me, but where is the pressure? I bet he is itching to get on the pitch too, probably watching Cisse and De Jong thinking he could have buried a few goals by now.

  • 43 jayphoto // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    @beefman – that thought of Debuchy, Sissoko and Remy had come to my mind too with the world cup coming up!
    Also notice Tiote has massively dropped his intensity which might be linked also.
    With the french lads, not sure but it’s possible they have been guarenteed their place in the squad?? Not so much Remy but Debuchy and Sissoko are big favourites of Deschamps (in sissokos case to the bafflement of most of france)
    Also think Gouffran might have realised there is zero chance of a call up which was possibly the reason for his effort and form prior to january. I expect him to pull for a move away if pardew keeps playing him wide as he left bordeaux predominently because he was being played wide

  • 44 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Luuk de jong is only 22 years, pardew. His confidence is shot.

    Bring the lad with 20 minutes to go. You talk as if you’re sending him to iraq or Afghanistan.

    But if you do bring him on, please play him in his right position. Not like Campbell whom you would shove out on the left.

  • 45 70TWO // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Watch yer bass bins, I’m tellin’ ya!

  • 46 Ancientcoptic // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    Has the France World Cup squad been named?

    I didn’t think Remy or Sissoko’s place in the national side is guaranteed… surely they would need to be playing regular football before a world cup. They cannot improve their chances by sitting on the bench.

    Debuchy is a different case, if he is fit, he will get a ticket.

  • 47 Blackley and Brownlie // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:26 AM


    Spot on. Bringing him into a side that isn’t scoring goals means he cant do any worse.

  • 48 beefman13 // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    We cannot keep taking these massive bombing strikes from MA, we have suffered enough, our team needs a complete overhaul, the french are lilly livered, as they are showing at the minute, all good when its rosy in the garden, but at the moment they are hiding. its bloody scandalous, bloody hell, Charnley telling us that the Prem is the main focus for us, in the coming season is laughable, yes to survive it as we all know mid table so they get their bonuses, i pray to god we finish just below position were our already overpaid players will pick up any bonus, frankly at this moment im totally disinterested in our club, it makes me puke, everyone involved in it.

  • 49 mag // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Chelsea get Mourinho and Liverpool get Rodgers, so Newcastle United get the class clown Pardew and then wonder why it’s going tits up,Gold!

  • 50 jayphoto // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Think Pardew is far over estimating the psychology of playing in the PL.
    I understand holding a young player backnto stop him burning out (a certain michael owen could have done with that) but the young player should still be getting 30-65 minutes at least every second game!
    I remember Giggs playing every minute of every game for man urd at 17/18… Same with Rooney at Everton and Fabregas at arsenal.
    If the lad armstrong is pissing all over the reserve league) (which he is), all over our first team in training (which he is) and is the best player on the park when called up for international duty (which he is) then for me hes got the starting point to go onto be an elite player with games and coaching!
    (Same applies to Campbell actually whos pace should be being used here off the bench to stretch teams in the later stages of games)

  • 51 jayphoto // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    @ancientcoptic – no hasnt been named yet but Deschamps said something along the lines of 21 of 23 places are filled. Sissoko is ahead of Remy for France. Hes a big favourite of Deschamps because of his height, strength and stamina aswell as tactically being able to fit a number of styles. Sissoko is kind of like deschamps’ guitierrez from last season! Most in france don’t umderstand how he keeps getting called up…
    I don’t think its niaive to think Deschamps may have asked his squad certaintys that play for teams with nothing to play for to go easy and not to worry about their place in the squad

  • 52 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    it is not in any way unfair for pards to be criticised for not using arma .what is the point of useing either shola as sub or even starting de jong with their records.he should take a chance by trying to change things .having watched a number of younger players in training with the 1st team,arma. satka gillead sterry and 1 i could not recognise yesterday i would wonder what is the point if he has no intention to use them. arma hits the ball hard and quick , something ldj does not ,cisse in his two good chances in second half saturday seems to hit the ball in to the best position for the keeper to save. everyone apart from pards can see arma should be used in preference to shola .thought at the end of last season pards should be sacked then changed my mind after about ten games but cant see him improving anythingand think he has to go.

  • 53 toon22 // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    When AP was at West Ham didnt he sit Tevez on the bench and play Carlton Cole?
    The guys got an obvious eye for talent,leave him alone.


  • 54 mag // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Pardew couldn’t even pronounce psychology never mind cure it. People are mistaken pardew with intelligence.

  • 55 jayphoto // Apr 11, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    Il always defend Pardew over Tevez and Mascherano as they where crazily unfit when he got them! He did play them at first, remember watching them and they were woeful! Took Tevez til feb to get upto speed and even curbishley didnt use mascherano as his fitness was poor! He didnt become a good player in england until a good months into his liverpool career some 18 months after arriving in the PL!

    What i will slate Pards for is his treatment of HBA who is upto speec in England and has shown can be a top player here! He doesn’t fit pardews tactics but then maradona didnt fit napolis so they built the team around him! Same as messi at Barca! Feel like we should have built our side around him more than farm him out on the wing.
    Marveaux is another, guy could slot the ball through the eye of a needle! We have no other player like him yet he gets no minutes to bring his fitness upto premier league game standard! Personally don’t think a team could successfully accomodate both marv and HBA but one or the other could be! Christ i mean we have absolute work horses putting in the miles in sissoko, anita and Tiote! For me we should have adapted some kind of midfield diamond with 2 high pressing strikers and marv or hba at the head of the diamond with lessened defensive responsibilities on the condition that ghey make an attacking impact

  • 56 Jail for Ashley // Apr 11, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    People keep talking about Marveaux, he has shown a few flashes of brilliance over the last few years and nothing much else, having the most assists in a team so devoid of creativity as we have isn’t really that much to shout about, being the best darts player at the blind centre with 20 20 vision isn’t something to boast about.

  • 57 Whumpie // Apr 11, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Yeah yeah. If he plays them it’s all wrong and when he hokds them back its all wrong. Yada yada.

    If you’re that keen tonsee the back of him (and I wouldn’t send be too sad about it myself) back your season ticket.

    Or just shut up.

    Fed up with seeing 50,000 people making Ashleys plan work perfectly week in week out then complaining about all the stuff their money is used to pay for.

  • 58 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Apr 11, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    jayphoto at 37 agree with most of what you say however imo tavernier isthe worst rb defensivly i have seen in my over 50 years of supporting ncle

  • 59 Jail for Ashley // Apr 11, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Whumpe, they’ll just keep getting cheaper and cheaper, no chance of building a 60K seater and making them cheap to fill it

  • 60 yo-yo // Apr 11, 2014 at 12:30 PM


    PaArdew is mediocre and certainly not in Rodgers and Mourinho class but they do get to spend money on players. Lots of it. Just might make a difference.

    Chelsea £56m per season average over last five years
    Liverpool £17m per season average over last five years
    Toon minus £9m perseason average pver last five years.

    IMO if we were even £50m total spend over five years we’d have at least 6-7 better players in our starting 11 than we have got – and guess what … the value of the club would also be higher if Mash is after flogging it off

  • 61 cyprus // Apr 11, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Jayphoto @55,
    I like what you say.

  • 62 Malta Mag // Apr 11, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    As much as I dislike Shola as a player and my cry for Armstrong to be given a chance I can see where Pardew is coming from in trying to protect the player but I still think a brief cameo of 15-20 minutes would raise our spirits and see what potential the lad has. It may be an interesting team tomorrow but I’m expecting little from the game except another afternoon of purgatory.

  • 63 the truth will out // Apr 11, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    in iraq, pardew would have been beheaded

  • 64 the truth will out // Apr 11, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    whats with this protection bull crap

  • 65 Ginger // Apr 11, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Although I cannot stand Pardew, I understand where he’s coming from. The team are absolute horse shi*e. Would putting a 17 year old in this team do anything apart from ruin his confidence?

    Fact is if he started and played terribly many on this blog would jump straight onto his back and say he’s not good enough, not strong enough, etc.

    Plus do the team have faith in him? Last season they were very hesitant to pass to Adam Campbell. I think he should be getting about ten minutes at the end of games, and then increasing that per match until he’s getting about thirty minutes. Then at the end of the season decide whether to either feature him, or loan him out. Whatever is the best option for his development do it.

  • 66 Mister Tuff // Apr 11, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Quite a few have picked up on the apparent discrepancy between Charnleys’ on two signings a year and Percy Parsnips’ -if two or three leave he expects them being replaced (additionally). So within a week of the club statement being issued – confusion abounds -yet again. Most folk think we need more than two players – five or six would be more appropriate.
    As for de Jong – one or two saying give him more time/he lacks confidence. It is sometimes quite apparent whether a player is going to have the requisite abilities to play PL football. de Jong does not – he will never aspire to being a PL player – needs to be sent back.
    As for the game tomorrow – Stoke seem to be playing ok recently and we are not. We have no attacking threat -or a very limited one therefore I can only see another walloping coming up. Stoke to win -at least 3 -0.
    Pitchforks and flaming torches need to be prepared.

  • 67 yo-yo // Apr 11, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Apparently Mr Ashley sold 25 million Sports Direct shares on Tuesday at a price of £ 8.85 per share. Sports Direct share value subsequently dropped 9%. That’s £221million.

    You could buy a football club for that kind of money

  • 68 yo-yo // Apr 11, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Or 11 £10m players.

  • 69 Mag52 // Apr 11, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Spot on with your comment about playing Armstrong for the last part of a game in which we are getting hammered, especially at home.
    With the crowd by that time anything but supportive, to the extent that he is likely, along with the rest of the team, to be booed off the pitch at the final whistle, it is good management practice to hold him back till the team is at least in contention before bringing him on. Absolutely no point in knocking the lad’s confidence unnecessarily.

  • 70 calvinho // Apr 11, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    So we may need 5 players if some leave?! We need 5 and then replace the ones that leave.
    We need 3 strikers, a CM, 2 defenders. A winger. We bought no one last summer. No one in Jan. I’d like Caulker, Richards, sell Krul and bring back Forster, Zaha, Grenier, & 3 strikers. At least we’d have a few English players. All young & hungry. And we’d have a Geordie between the sticks who is probably better than Krul now anyway.

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