It doesn’t look like Adam Armstrong will start tonight at the Britannia Stadium, as Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has again talked about how he has to protect the young 17 year-old Chapel House Estate prospect, as Adam tries to make it big at his home town club.
Adam Armstrong – has to be strong mentally to succeed
Alan Pardew has talked to the Shields Gazette today about the latest young hope on Tyneside:
“I think, with young players – and I’ve had some exceptional young players – they need to grow. Their confidence grows.” “If Arma had come off after 15 minutes the other night, it would have been a disaster.”
“He really didn’t play well, and looked nervous.” “But after that period, he did one moment. In a central area of the pitch, he did a smart turn and switched it out wide.”
“Suddenly, you could see his confidence lift.” “For him, it’s not about his body. Physically, I think, he’s ready.” “It’s about his confidence. Has he got the ability to deal with setbacks in games?”
“He answered that question a bit the other night.” “It would have been easy for him not to have played well for the whole of the first half after that start.”
“That’s given me confidence in him that he can handle these situations.” “In training, all the guys probably know he’s got a bit to do, but he’s getting there.”
“We’ve got to make it right for him. Make the atmosphere right for him to play, but it does really come down to Arma’s strength of mind.”
“But from what I’ve seen, I think Arma’s got that. I’ve seen the same in Jonjo Shelvey – a belief that he was going to be a player.” “He thinks he’s going to be a good player.”
Alan talks about the youngsters he has brought through at other clubs, but he hasn’t done that at Newcastle – at least not yet.
We’ve had very promising young players in the past, but not one of them has really made the great at Newcastle and some of those failing to come through include Tamas Kadar, Ben Tozer, Kazenga Lua Lua, Ryan Donaldson, Nile Ranger, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Sammy Ameobi and Haris Vuckic.
That’s an area the Newcastle manager is measured on, and if we do appoint a new manager soon, that’s an area that needs to improve on Tyneside.
But like in any other profession, to be successful in football you need to be strong mentally to be able to put with the ups and downs of any career – especially when there is so much publicity surrounding football players these days.
Adam Armstrong is no exception to that.
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