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?

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