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.
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.