The Twitter universe lit up on Wednesday night following the (very) impressive display of local lad Adam Armstrong in the 3-2 win at Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.
Adam Armstrong– highly rated
Adam is already highly rated in England Youth circles, and he was a star man along with goalkeeper Freddie Woodman in England’s European U17 Championship win last May.
Alan Pardew has talked about the 17 year-old Chapel House player today:
“He’s still got a lot of work to do, but we’re proud of him.” “I thought he did a great job for the team.”
“He can play both positions,” “He can’t really play left midfield, but he did that for long periods against Palace.”
“The number 10 or number 9 are his best natural positions – he plays them both equally well.”
“That’s what makes him such an accomplished player – his first touch, his awareness. He’s very exciting.”
We don’t want to get too carried away, but Adam resembles Paul Gascoigne at the same age.
Paul John Gascoigne made his first team debut as a substitute in the 1–0 win over Queens Park Rangers in April of 1985, when he was a month away from turning 18.
Gascoigne was named after two of the Beatles when he was born in the heady days of 1967, and he went on to make 114 appearances for Newcastle with 26 goals before we flogged him to Spurs for £2.2M – which in those days was a British record transfer fee.
We were a selling club in those days, much like we are today.
It’s always very difficult and sometimes dangerous to make comparisons like this – but it says something that Adam was almost a year younger than Paul when he made his debut for Newcastle in March, when he came on after 86 minutes in the 1-0 defeat at Fulham
Adam doesn’t turn 18 until next February, and it must be very difficult for young players to come through to the first team thee days – when they get paid such big money so quickly in their careers.
There’s not much for Newcastle fans to get excited about so far this season, but if Adam continues to put in performances like the one he gave on Wednesday night and also keeps his head down, Newcastle could start to climb that league table pretty quickly, and we could have another local Newcastle super-star on our hands.
It’s an understatement to say that would be something.
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