This Top Youngster Pushing For A Place In First Team

One of the things the new head coach at Newcastle will have to concentrate on, whenever and whoever is appointed, will be bringing some of our top youngsters through the ranks.

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Adam Armstrong in action at Old Trafford this season

And one of our most promising local players in years is 17 year-old Adam Armstrong, who has already played 13 times for the Newcastle first team, since making his debut last year at Fulham just over a month after turning 17.

Most Newcastle fans think we will lose the game at Stamford Bridge, and in our current poll, 82% think we’ll lose thiegame.

But the 17 year-old Chapel House youngster seems to think we have a chance:

“Chelsea came to St James’ Park and we were the underdogs, but I thought we had our best game and won 2-1,” “Man City is a massive club with a huge stadium, but we went there and won 2-0.”

“There’s a lot of history at Stamford Bridge, but we’ve got to keep working hard in training every day and go for it.”

“I’m looking to get a lot more games,” “I’ve got to keep working hard and getting better. I’ve got good players around, which is good, and as a young lad you’ve got to push for your place.”

“I feel I’m doing that.”

The other Newcastle youngster who is outstanding is 19 year-old Rolando Aarons, but he’s splayed only five times this season and has been troubled by hamstring injury and his return date continues to be put back.

At the moment on his return date is now set at 31st January and he picked up that injury in September. 🙁

It’s a case where it seems the injury was not handled well by Newcastle, and he came back too early when he played at Manchester City on 29th October in the League Cup.

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124 comments so far

  • mindshaft

    Jan 8, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Don’t think Armas ready for first team – he’s looked a bit lost in the last couple of games he’s played for us ( in fact I barely saw him touch the ball against Leicester ) – if we are relying on him to score goals in Cisses absence we are getting relegated

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 8, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Unless Mashley has a hunch there will be a European Super League I can’t understand the attraction of Rangers, an you share your thoughts on what’s in it for him.

  • cyprus

    Jan 8, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #3

    You need to up your game to make it. And, a tip: when there is a player available next to you, ready to shoot, pass him the ball!

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 8, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #4

    Perez to torment the life out of Terry – HtL

  • hibbit

    Jan 8, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #5

    mindshaft were you at the game

  • cyprus

    Jan 8, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #6

    Rangers are seemingly right up his alley: down and out has beens. Cheap. I mean, 20 mil for a club which can easily play CL every year! I’d buy them if I had that to spare 🙂

  • BandB

    Jan 8, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #7


    I have explained. Several times. It is just my opinion based on how I have constructed the evidence I see in front of me. Perhaps you and the others who offer “I can’t see it myself” as an insight, why two of his top guys are there giving the club a thorough shake-down if he is just mucking about. Isn’t it your credo that Ashley could smell a penny under a ton of poo?

  • hibbit

    Jan 8, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #8

    cyrrus but the rewards are low against the prem unless we are missing something

  • Mag52

    Jan 8, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #9

    It looks as if we could be approaching a moment of truth for our club.
    If,as looks likely, a number of potential new managers are, as apparently Garde is, put off the job unless they can get assurances that top players will not continually be sold on, MA will have to decide whether to continue this policy, and thus stick with another yes man manager, or to change this policy and employ someone who could take the club in the direction the fans would like to see it go.

  • anthc

    Jan 8, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #10

    Sorry but have to agree with above. The lad isn’t at the level yet. He needs a loan to learn his trade. His decision making and distribution meeds improving. I know this comes with experience but i dont think hes ready for pl and has been thrown in at the deep end. Campbell was supposed to be the next big thing and he couldn’t get a game at st mirren or carlisle after playing in our first team. Now where is he? I can also see carver being in charge until the summer so a relegation battle beckons after a thumping at Chelsea.

  • Slank

    Jan 8, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #11

    Unusually, it looks like everyone agrees that Armstrong is not ready yet.

    Is he getting playing time only because of the three Geordie coaches and would a foreign Head Coach select him ?

    He really needs to play regularly and that means a loan to the Championship or the lower leagues.

  • Santon03

    Jan 8, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #12

    As I remember
    Cabaye asked to be sold even gone on strike and he wasn’t sold to arseanal.
    Ba and his gang activate release clause.
    Carroll basically he didn’t want to sell him by putting 35mil price tag and liverfool bought him.
    Other than that we sold Debuchy, Perch, Best, Simpson, Nolan, probably MYM.
    Tiote is still here when chelsea was trying to buy him.
    HBA is gone.

  • Mattroge

    Jan 8, 2015 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #13

    Are we playing Armstrong becaue he’s ready or because we have no other option? Probably a combination of both.

    The lad is obviously well regarded by the club but I’m struggling to think of any 17/18 year old strikers that were ready for Premiership football aside from Rooney. Lukaku was possibly a year older when he was playing? Both a lot more physically ready than Armstrong.

    I have seen on here that he’s already been getting criticism which is really unfair as it’s not his fault he’s been chucked into the first team. Ideally I’d like to see him go on loan to a Championship club next season so he can get some experience and games under his belt.

  • Santon03

    Jan 8, 2015 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #14


    Owen, Fowler, Walcott, Ox Chamberlain to name a few. They were under 19 if I’m not mistaken

  • Slank

    Jan 8, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #15


    It has been said that many prospective managers have been put off more by the hostile fans, albeit a minority but very vocal, than by the owner.

    If you are the manager and you have an argument with the owner it remains behind closed doors and it is only you and him who know what was said whereas if the fans are on your back it has a greater effect as it is public and it affects your wife and children and leads to comments by the press.

    I once had the opportunity to chat to a senior figure in English football whilst on holiday in the Middle East and he said the abuse from fans is the biggest destabilising effect not only on the manager but also the team. He said almost all owners are hard task masters as its an integral part of their character as that is how they got to be extremely rich. They just don’t tolerated failure.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 8, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #16


  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 8, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #17

    Rooney joined the youth team of Everton, for whom he made his professional début in 2002 at the age of 16.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 8, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #18

    If this kid doesn’t go out on loan he is going to end up like Ginger Campbell, Chopra and others who have failed at Newcastle!

    …he is just going to be another wasted youth!

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Jan 8, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #19

    On 19 October, five days before his 17th birthday, Rooney scored a last-minute winning goal against Arsenal. The goal ended Arsenal’s 30-match unbeaten run, and also made Rooney the youngest goalscorer in Premier League history, a record that has since been surpassed twice, by James Milner and James Vaughan.

  • Mattroge

    Jan 8, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #20

    Out of the lads you’ve named only Owen and Fowler played up front. Ox and Walcott played out wide when they first broke through and with all due respect to Armstrong those two were the very definition of prodigious.

    Like I say the lad is obviously well regarded by the club and he has a reasonable chance of making it but playing him now when he’s clearly not ready may do more harm than good.

  • beermonkey

    Jan 8, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #21

    at the beginning of the season pards said there was host of clubs wanting to take Armstrong onloan for the season
    so it would appear he is here to make up numbers

  • Markaccus

    Jan 8, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #22

    I am an atheist. I believe in the natural powers that i see around me, because i cant deny they exist. Earth, wind, fire and water. If you draw a silly picture of a tree, i will shoot you!!!

    Sorry, political-religous rant over 😀

    How is everyone this morning?

  • hibbit

    Jan 8, 2015 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #23

    beermonkeer any other club the kid would be out on loan but here he is used as cannon fodder

  • toonbrother

    Jan 8, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #24

    he’s out of his depth. should be loaned out to a team in france or belgium

  • expatmag

    Jan 8, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #25

    Well, the press are/have been having a field day with us in recent weeks, havent they?

    Nothing mundane about us, is there?

    ….The Pardew resignation
    …..10 days later and still no replacement
    …..Cisse to Man City
    …..Aarons to Liverpool and Man City
    ….Sissoko to PSG
    ……Krul to Man Utd
    …..Santon to AC Milan
    …..Perez to any if the top 4

    You might think they have a fettish about us. Throw in the Rangers situation, HBA gone, MYM probably gone and every manager linked with the job except Carver turning us down and still not a sniff of a new signing.

    Yep…..nothing boring about NUFC under this madman.

  • hibbit

    Jan 8, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #26

    beermonkey don’t know were that spelling came from

  • hibbit

    Jan 8, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #27

    toonbrother belgium would be great

  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jan 8, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #28

    This whole situation is worrying me, unless fatty changes his attitude and we sign a quality manager we are in deep deep sh1t

  • beermonkey

    Jan 8, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #29


    I don’t blame arma its not his fault he has been hung out by the club

    we only play with one striker dejong is back soon its time to get him out onloan but with no1 at the club in charge it wont happen


    it would be nice if there were some positive press coverage for a change
    although pards going was positive (for me)

  • ToonFromLeeds

    Jan 8, 2015 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #30
  • Markaccus

    Jan 8, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #31


    No fkin idea! Probably another sub-standard nobody, hence being linked to us!

  • firebug666

    Jan 8, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #32

    I think this Tisdale rumour is so they can say he is looking to move from SJP to SJP.

  • Markaccus

    Jan 8, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #33


    Just read the article. Paul Tisdale is really Jason Statham!! Statham is second favorite for the toon job.

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 8, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #34

    Does anyone know about Pepe Mel’s reputation before he came to England ? Surely he was good too? Have to say, I do think Garde would be a good choice. Our former French left back tends to make a lot of sense IMO

  • Graeme

    Jan 8, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #35

    Dont know how many have seen this interview with Joey, but well worth watching!!…/427564580730853

  • lesh

    Jan 8, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #36

    So, it looks as though Evans is likely to sign for Oldham.

    One of Oldham’s sponsors has withdrawn its support, another has said it would if Evans is signed and a third, the major one, has an owner who is according to the Guardian, ‘unconcerned’.

    Now have a guess which sponsor’s owner is said to be unconcerned.

    A clue: The same owner dropped a sponsor with some street credibility and sanctioned sponsorship from another which has a reputation for exploiting people who are in dire straits financially and has had some bad press.

    Now I wonder whether Ashley’d be unconcerned about signing Evans if his daughter had been the victim of his antics?

    The owner of Newcastle United appears to be an odious man whose greed seems to override any sense of morality.

    Again, Ashley’s showed his true colours and the sooner he sells Newcastle United, the better.

  • expatmag

    Jan 8, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #37


    A vile villain mate

  • beermonkey

    Jan 8, 2015 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #38


    the bloke is made of Teflon as nothing seems to stick to him

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jan 8, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #39

    beermonkey…They say the devil is among us, he’s looking for a friend, so buy yourself forgiveness
    if your heart is full of sin. And our universe is ending, the sun is gonna die. But darkness is already, walking by your side.
    You don’t need no religion, for you to comprehend. There are rules to live by, from start until the end.
    Temptation gives you what you want, Not what you need. The ruin of all mankind is power and it’s greed.

    *The autobiography of Mr. Fatty Tubbs

  • nightfa11

    Jan 8, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #40

    if we get a new manager in this TW, it will be after the chelsea game.. noone wants to get hammered in their first match in charge..


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