Here’s One Very Bright Spot At Newcastle

There’s a good report in the Journal today on 17 year-old Adam Armstrong – who is the latest potential whiz kid coming through the ranks at Newcastle,  and the lad made his Newcastle United debut earlier this year shortly after turning 17 in February, and he already has four appearances to his name for the first team.

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Adam Armstrong – up and coming youngster

But over the last seven years we have had young players with great potential at the club, who have just not made it at Newcastle for whatever reason, and one of those was Slovenian International Haris Vuckic, who will now be sold this summer.

Adam looked good when he was introduced into the first team, and he was one of England’s best players in their European U17 Championships success against Germany last month, although he missed the final through injury.

But we were still represented by promising young goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, who saved one of the penalties in the winning shoot-out against Germany.

The news today is not too surprising – that Alan Pardew will give Adam Armstrong every chance to make the first-team squad during pre-season.

There are already a number of Championship clubs only too willing to take him on loan next season, and if he will not get games at Newcastle, he should be sent out on loan until at least January, so his progress can be fast-tracked.

Adam will need first team games to improve, but we are hoping he could already be good enough to make some substitute appearances for Newcastle next season.

Armstrong is in the squad for the long trip to New Zealand, and Newcastle really need to show they can bring good young players through to the first team.

Our record on this is not good, and in the last seven years since Mike Ashley bought the club, we haven’t had one youngster make it though the ranks to be s starter in the first team – and that’s not good.

Especially when Youth Development is supposed to be one of keystones of the Newcastle strategy of producing good players.

It’s very important that Newcastle closely manage Adam Armstrong’s development and progress in the coming season – and we’d be happy enough to see him sent out to a good Championship club for the full season.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

91 comments so far

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 20, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #1

    Our costs should be the same but fatty’s on the board now so there’s extra and of course the non-descript payments to SD like last year that no one knows what it’s for and of course the massive black hole where money disappears into. Come on ed you should know better!

    For all the fatty backers out there can you answer me this?

    If the operating costs of the club are near enough the same which they should be as we have had no mass influx of player’s or no extra overhead costs, coupled with the fact we’ve got 35m extra from tv, that 95m + 35m + 20m for cabs works out at 150m before anything is taken off, of which 130m is pure income, why are we not buying any player’s?

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 20, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #2

    Oh and before anyone pipes up saying it’s fatty’s money it isn’t it’s the club’s which they’ve made themselves, and didn’t he say we need to be self sufficient which we are now? Any money made goes back to the club? We will soon see!

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 20, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #3

    Sorry for the rants but I get infuriated with all the lies and secrecy that emanates from our club! What’s the betting that the profits are marginal? Very fcuking high I’d bet!

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 20, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #4


    I am now the official blog killer 😀

  • beermonkey

    Jun 20, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #5


    not to wind you up but fatty owns the club so its his cash
    the club did say some time ago that what we make would stay in the club
    we will see, well I think we are 1 freebie

  • the truth will out

    Jun 20, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #6

    why bother sending him out when hen will get plenty games the season after next

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 20, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #7

    I prefer him to get much needed experience out on loan at a good Championship club than see him rot in the reserves or wasted on the bench. Pardew hasn’t got the balls to play a promising youngster like him, remember Pardew playing an overused Strolla Ameobi in his place for the final minutes of a match, a match that we were winning. This club is so poor at everything it does, everything except saving money for Ashley’s deep pockets!

  • hitman

    Jun 20, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #8

    he will end up pardewed.

  • beermonkey

    Jun 20, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #9

    pardew is gonna give Armstrong every chance

    as it stands he aint got a choice with cisse injured we have no first team strikers

    cambel armstrong perez I laugh at liverpools SAS we have CAP it don’t have the same ring to it does it or any form of fear

  • outsidethebox

    Jun 20, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #10

    ave contents @2
    what annoys me as to how toons debt stays the same surely any profit has to come off debt and as its “interest free ” it should be coming down …cannot understand how there can be any yearly profits without debt coming down…another cashley creative account jobs

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 20, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #11


    Technically that is correct but by him, lambarse and the puppet saying what we make is the club’s it stands to reason that it is in fact ours

    What am I on about? Where fatty and his accompleses are involved there is no reason or rashional thinking involved

    Boils my fcuking blood the bunch of kunts!

  • Oldgit1

    Jun 20, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #12

    I can see Ashley’s reasoning in getting the club financial situation into profit, however there is a flaw in his so called master plan, it only benifits him. Not the fans, not the manager or the players.

    He is trying to copy Man U of the 80s trouble is, they had regular conveyor of developing players like beckham, giggs and scholes coming through the ranks we don’t. they also bought well although abit reckless, ie Ferdinand for 31 m but look how good he turned out.

    We haven’t got a strong core of players and it will never will be when Ashley’s sells one of our top performers every year, I haven’t a problem with that if we have someone to step in, or have someone lined up to buy.

    We seem to go from one disaster to another.

  • beermonkey

    Jun 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #13


    it boils every1s blood

  • Slank

    Jun 20, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #14


    You say ‘..much easier to sell now’. People who buy Premiership clubs are not in it for the money, Glazers excepted. A profit of £9.9M is absolute chicken feed to those that own Premiership clubs. That figure is less than £1M per month. It’s not a living wage to them. Many football players earn more than that.

    The club is very affordable to most multi-billionaires.

    The possible reason why the club hasn’t been sold is perhaps it is not for sale!

  • beermonkey

    Jun 20, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #15


    it would benefit the club if we culd spend what we make, and really I don’t expect us to spend 50mill
    30mill now maybe 10 in jan if needed would sort the squad out

    we wont we will look at who we wanna buy look at there contract length and see if we can get to jan with out them and try getting them in on cheaper
    not a problem if you have a team but we don’t

  • Slank

    Jun 20, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #16

    Average_Contents @ 1

    ‘why are we not buying any player’s? ‘

    Do Premiership clubs buy all their players before the transfer window opens?

  • the truth will out

    Jun 20, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #17

    has ashley went tits up he
    certainly has massive moobs

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 20, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #18


    Most clubs have them lined up whereas we,fanny about putting in shitty bids that he knows are going to get laughed at and ridiculed with the,added bonus of upsetting the club and the target!

  • SUTTY1978

    Jun 20, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #19

    Just going back to the last article, NUFC actually made an operating loss in the last financial year, there is no profit to be carried over, the 9.9M should not be seen as an available cash sum to be spent. However based on breaking even last year and the extra gains this year there should be approx 55M in the kitty

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 20, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #20

    Grenier in January is a fine example! Low ball heaven

  • Ben3arfa

    Jun 20, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #21

    Mike Ashley you fat coward , why dont you sell the club and piss off?

  • the truth will out

    Jun 20, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #22

    i bet the tw@’ has a dirty black hole too

  • lesh

    Jun 20, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #23


    What troubles me is that Ashley had professed to follow the Arsenal model. He has to an extent by buying cheap and selling on at profit.

    However, we seem to have achieved the potential for self-sufficiency but unlike Arsenal, we continue to live outside of the real world of modern football.

    Yes, Arsenal buy cheap and sell those players but the difference between them and Ashley is that they get maximum on-the-field benefit from players before selling, selling only when they’ve a successor ready to step up from the first team squad fringes or a player targetted to buy. Unlike Ashley, Arsenal do spend big money at times and recoup that investment by annual challenges from the Prem title, domestic cup competitions and the ECL.

    Additionally, Arsenal are a global brand sponsored by Emirates, an international brand which names a splendid stadium whereas Ashley is content with developing an almost toxic brand in Newcastle United and bask in the glow of Wonga’s sponsorship while daubing St James’s Park with tatty banners promoting a tacky brand in the form of Sports crapping Direct!

    Maybe Ashley ought to visit Arsenal and find out how they actually operate the model he supposedly models Newcastle United on.

  • derekm

    Jun 20, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #24

    lesh – good post, can I ad the thought that no human being on this planet would contemplate Arsenal employing Joe Kinnear, even as a cleaner.

  • 70TWO

    Jun 20, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #25

    Despite wanting to see Adam Armstrong in a Newcastle shirt as much as possible, he should be loaned out to a Championship side as soon as possible. In order that he can integrate with a team during pre-season and hit the ground running, for his own benefit. If he stays with NUFC he will suffer and set back his development.

  • 70TWO

    Jun 20, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #26

    The transfer window has along way to go and historically more goes on at the end than at the beginning. However, the ineptitude that was attributed to the Joeker is still very much in evidence. Two, or three £10M deals would see the team, club and fans transformed.

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 20, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #27

    With the murmurings of Perez and Armstrong being drafted into the first team and now Anita saying he wants more goals, does anyone else get the feeling that we aren’t going to get many more player’s in and just make do with what we’ve got?

    Surely it can’t happen! Can it? They can’t be that short sighted again? Can they?

  • beermonkey

    Jun 20, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #28


    agree a loan till xmas would be good for him as long as he plays weekly he did well at the under 17 tourney not long ago as did our keeper put themselves in the window so no probs finding a club

    on post 26
    I think most have lost faith in the club actually getting some1 over the line
    colback do we need him no not really it was not a needed signing and looks to be made cos he was free not because he was needed

    the manager don’t help maters either we are seeing the same things happening that happened in the last 2 windows and we all know how they ended

  • jazzyp

    Jun 20, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #29

    depressing depressing depressing. That’s how I sum up Nufc at the moment. I cant believe for one minute that we are going to be relying on two untested young lads to spearhead our campaign next season. Maybe championship yes, But surely not the PL.
    There’s something seriously wrong when the likes of Burnley can bolster a better forward line than ourselves

  • 70TWO

    Jun 20, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #30


    ‘Curdled’ seems to be the word of the day for Mark Douglas in the local rags and that is pretty much how I feel. Everything I see, hear or wish to say has been said a number of times, over a number of years and it is all very depressing. Everytime an article appears about a possible transfer target the quote from Keegan about under cutting the value of Hyypia rings true. Everyone needs something to believe in and at the moment NUFC are devoid of any trustworthy character.

  • Our Toon

    Jun 20, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #31

    What incentive is there to spend? The club are lapping it up at present, spent almost £15m on 2 loan players including wages and yet still 50k attend.

    It’s quite simple really vote with your feet, stop attending and the fat c*** will want to protect both of his investments and will start to invest in the team. At the moment SD is linked to the Toon, if punters are unhappy with one of these it has a direct affect on the shares of his true love SD

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 20, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #32
  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 20, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #33


    and burnley have a b—y good manager too.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jun 20, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #34


    Where does your figure of £95m come from?

  • bettyswallocks

    Jun 20, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #35

    I think it’s very obvious that Ashley is preparing the club for sale. No money spent of note and none in the last window clearly indicates his intentions. As I was informed last week a sale is imminent and Ashley will take over Rangers. Watch this space.

  • 70TWO

    Jun 20, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #36

    Cheikhou Kouyate, £7M to West Ham. Perfect type of player for NUFC and not even any attempt made, typical.

  • thai-mag

    Jun 20, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #37

    Armstrong looks a good prospect but what will he be like when Pardew tells him to play at right back or if he’s lucky as a left wing back, only time will tell.

  • Oldgit1

    Jun 20, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #38

    Is there a possibility that Ashley may be preparing to float the club on the stock market, I believe sir hall did this.

    Can’t see Ashley wanting to be answerable to the stock exchange though.

  • Lee Dodd

    Jun 20, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #39

    If Mike Ashley Sells Up People Will be Dancing In The Streets !!!! I Just Cant See It Happening … Also How Much will he Rob From The Club ? Rangers Will Get Back into the Scottish Premiership so taking SD to Europe etc !!! Please God Lets Get Rid of the FCB !!!! then Pardew !!! and Some New Quality Players !!!

  • beermonkey

    Jun 20, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #40


    why would he sell now

    I just cant see it,


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