It’s always very difficult to bring youngsters through to the first team, and they have to be handled very carefully, if they are to become top players in the future.
Adam Armstrong – we have to be careful with him
Adam Armstrong is now by far the best prospect we have at Newcastle at the moment, and the 17 year-old looked the part at Crystal Palace, but it looks like he will start on the bench – at best – on Monday night at Stoke, with Alan Pardew in his press conference today saying that he has to be very careful with the Chapel House Estate player.
This is what Alan has said today about the promising youngster:
“We’ve definitely got to be careful with him because he’s only 17. He’s got to play in a position which is probably the hardest to play in the Premier League, and he needs to gain the experience and self-confidence to play there, but he got a lot of that the other night.¨
“He started off nervously, but he got better as the game went on. You could see him grow, but that’s what I need to be careful of, that he keeps growing and he’s not deflated by a performance where he looks short.”
With that statement from the boss, it doesn’t look as though Adam will get his first Premier League start on Monday night, but he could still play a part in the game coming off the bench – if he makes the bench.
Right-back Daryl Janmaat is doubtful for the game, so we may see both Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara starting the game on Monday night in the two full-back positions.
But after such a good display on Wednesday night we do expect Adam Armstrong to make the bench in a game we have to go all out to win.
If we can do that we’ll have 6 points from six games, and that wouldn’t be too bad – but that’s only if we can win this game – which would be our first league win of the season.
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