This Youngster Is Ready – He Must Be Given His Chance


Adam Armstrong captained the England U18 side on Saturday when they hammered Switzerland 6-1 and Adam had scored two brilliant goals in the first half and just minutes into the second half England coach Neil Dewsnip replaced the Newcastle 18 year-old.

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Adam Armstrong – needs to be given his chance this season

Just 45 minutes played but once again Adam showed he can become a big player for both Newcastle and England in the future.

Adam was captain last Saturday and he gave a good interview after the game and even talked about leadership

“With Ryan Ledson absent, there was a chance there and I put my name forward to Neil.” “He had asked in the meeting if anyone wanted to be captain, and I was straight up and let him know that I wanted it and I’m honored he gave me it.”

“You have a big responsibility captaining England.”  “All the lads are looking up to you, but when you are on the pitch with this team it feels like there are 11 captains out there.”

“I’ve captained Newcastle in the Youth Cup, but this was amazing. It’s a special feeling leading out your country.”  “Do I feel like a leader? I would say so. With me being in Newcastle’s first-team, every day I’m gaining more and more experience.”

“On matchdays I see how our captain Fabricio Coloccini speaks and acts around the dressing-room – that has helped me understand what I needed to do before the game.”

“All my family are mad England fans, it’s always mental in the house whenever there’s a World Cup or the Euros are on.”  “So for them to see me captain an England side is not just amazing for me, it’s amazing for them too.”

Those are good words from the 18 year-old Geordie.

John Carver says he is not ready, but maybe John should watch the goals he scored last Saturday,  and in any case nobody is ever really ready – but they have to be given a chance.

I remember once at IBM I was promoting one of the up-and-coming people in the group to a top management job, and they were reticent to take the job because they had never been in management before, and thought they weren’t ready.

But I explained that when you get a new challenging job, by definition you have never done it before, and therefore in that sense you are never ready for it – simply because you haven’t done it before.

Anyway, he thought about it overnight, and took the job and he was quite young at the time – but in eight years he was a Vice President at IBM – and he fulfilled his enormous early promise.

And it’s the same with young Adam Armstrong – he’s only not ready because he hasn’t played many games for Newcastle yet.

Put the lad in and let him show what he can do – he’s a potentially top young player in the making for his home town club.

That’s the only way you will bring young players through – by giving them their chance.

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86 comments so far

  • JAMSHA(CARVER SLAYER)

    Mar 31, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #1

    his not yet good enough for 1st team….he needs to go on loan to a bottom epl clubs or champianship club

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  • magscar

    Mar 31, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #2

    Belfast@8 last thread
    Presume you were addressing me and that was my initial and current reaction. Not worried about me but what about Jimmy who can’t respond. Not many would like to be tagged as me.

    Still don’t get what is about my supposed style than has caught the eye of some. I am a born and bred Geordie of a certain age and education so it may be he had similar background which was somehow reflected in his posts.

    I do recall his sister coming on here to advise of his death basically because it was a first and it did make me sad even though I hadn’t known him or as far as I am aware engaged with him.

    Anyway that is hopefully my twopennyworth on it and no more needs to be said.

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  • BandB

    Mar 31, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #3

    That poll is a bit scary.

    Though I nod to no man in my dislike for our Glorious Leader, I really think I would have to have my nails torn out under prolonged torture before I could vote for Sunderland to w…w….wi…..

    No. Can’t even write it.

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  • BoyDoneGood

    Mar 31, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Jesper

    I did reply – it’s a couple of posts back now, but longer than my usual, so I won’t clutter another discussion by reposting.

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  • juan

    Mar 31, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #5

    As with a lot of your posts ed. if you’ve been there to watch the players Armstrong included you’d realise he ain’t good enough yet. Move on

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 31, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #6

    What’s all this tosh about Tuffism and a one trick pony.
    I don’t need any portfolio of tricks to post on the blog, only tricksters need the crutch of trickery and artifice.
    Certainly touched a nerve today from waspy. The old jam pot is proving its worth.
    Release the hounds – he’s on the run.

    Viva the bloodhounds. High Five.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 31, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Well said – Magscar and boy done good
    hear hear

    I knew the plonker reminded me of something distasteful.

    “McCarthyism is dead long live Tuffism.”

    BandB you are an erstwhile Mr Tuff advocate.
    You accrue much shame from it.

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  • croftus5678

    Mar 31, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #8

    @1 jamsha

    even though i agree with you i still honestly think he’s better than anyone we currently have available at this moment in time and he’s high on confidence with no pressure on him to be our saviour only hope and praise for the lad so imo no better time to give the lad a few games.

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  • BandB

    Mar 31, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #9

    jeff,

    As Ibizatoon and Jesper have attested today, as Mactoon, Jail, Average, Beattie, Ruddy and even Tuff himself will attest, I have not stuck to party lines and handed out some scathing stuff, even when defending people like Ian Toon.

    There is not one lousy no-mark on your side of the argument who can say the same thing.
    Not one.

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  • DokToon

    Mar 31, 2015 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #10

    jeff,

    even I have been scathed at…

    BandB 1, Jeff nil….

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  • magscar

    Mar 31, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Mister Tuff@6

    take it you are addressing me so I will respond to what I take it has had you working on for a few hours – what a waste of time.

    There is a saying – if the cap fits…. and you seem to have been trying it on and apparently like it so are parading around in it preening yourself. You are well into your old self congratulatory mode that you like to wear before us.

    Unfortunately some ( few than you may think I suspect) may be taken in by the Emperors New Clothes routine i.e. don’t like to tell you the obvious but i am brave enough to tell you – You are naked!

    Bloodhound? more like a yapping poodle chewing a wasp.

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  • BandB

    Mar 31, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #12

    Dok

    And apologised too.

    Something else the graceless, insecure sh*ts can never bring themselves to do.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 31, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #13

    magscar…There’s your high five!

    Might want to wash your hands mind.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 31, 2015 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #14

    BDG…that’s a long post to a short question asked (when did I ask you that question?) 🙂

    I am not going to give a detailed answer, but I’ll comment on your paragraphs.

    The small highs are easily forgotten because they were really just momentarily. Most of us are looking for something a little mote lasting.

    I don’t think there a plan is terms of football and us fans. He has had every opportunity to seize the moment, but always end up setting us back.

    I have seen the stats stating there are a connect between league table finish and squad value, which begs the question why Ashley keeps stripping us from our assets?

    It shouldn’t matter if you are a Geordie or not. I am from Denmark and have no affiliation to Newcastle what so ever besides the fact that I love football and I fell in love with Newcastle in the early ’90tees.

    I didn’t grow up with expectations to becoming a Newcastle supporter – there no legacy just a choice I made. I can leave whenever I want, but I am still here.

    If your heart is not in the right place (or ever was) it’s nicc to hear you are reaching out to other outlets. But try to understand it from our perspective – we are here for the long run and we want to be recognised.

    I don’t we have blog bullies per say. But alot of us are in here alot and have been for many years. We don’t just come here for the articles, we come here because we enjoy the comment section. We would like to keep it that way.

    Like you say there a plenty of other blogs out there! 😉

    With the money today in English football anyone could own a football club so I don’t think it will be difficult to find a buyer (hopefully with us fans being part of it) if Ashley reasonable and sell.

    He won’t sell – he’s not here because of the football and because he has ties to Newcastle. He is here because every cool kid on the block owns a football club, but financial meltdown toyed with that dream.

    Now we are just a advertise hoarding for his cheap SD company.

    BDG the football has become too dire and you are still here?

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  • magscar

    Mar 31, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Ibiza

    Not sure what for but a starving man and all that so course I will take especially from yourself so no hand washing needed.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 31, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #16

    …okay that got detailed

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  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 31, 2015 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Jesper…I’m not one to have a crack about someone with long posts, but thank the heavens you didn’t give a detailed answer 🙂

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  • Ibizatoon

    Mar 31, 2015 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #18

    magscar…From me? I was referring to Jeffs post at 7.

    Not that I wouldn’t high five you of course and appreciate you wouldn’t feel the need to wash your hands. I have just showered after all.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 31, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #19

    Howlett Heedbanger aka Jeff from anywhere.
    What’s this about shame and high fiving waspy and goody boy – your homies I suppose.
    You need not be associated with anyone to attract shame – you do it single handedly by the spoutings from your gutter talk.
    I suspect current antagonisms are purely a warped desire to address past conflicts on here, to settle a previous score – and not strictly because of any other topic. Yappy dog syndrome -trying to get the last bark in.

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  • DokToon

    Mar 31, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #20

    BandB,

    and it was never held against you… unlike some of those who can hold a grudge on here for years….

    cheers, ill dedicate my 1st beer of the afternoon to you 😉

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  • BandB

    Mar 31, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #21

    Have you been having IT problems magscar?

    Sounds to me like you have IT problems.

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  • BandB

    Mar 31, 2015 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #22

    Always great to see you hanging on through all the madness Dok.

    It must be like watching a bloody, vicious civil war in a particularly benighted part of the world.

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  • magscar

    Mar 31, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #23

    Jesper

    Can I just say that this blog did not start with any particular faction in mind or even that they would arise. As a broad church there is surely room for all opinion as long as those who share them abide by the rules. You make it sound a little like a colonisation and that now you are all entrenched here there isn’t room for others unless they toe the line. I don’t think that was what you were meaning but that was my feeling in first reading. Could be because at times that has also been my experience.

    It can be very unwelcoming and yet as Ibiza ( who I crossed swords with yesterday) has shown it can be done and posters in the minority don’t feel they have to justify every single last comment to one or another poster.

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  • bladeuser

    Mar 31, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    Comment #24

    A lot of u talk absoulute tosh on here total banal crap its a football blog not an agony aunt blog

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  • magscar

    Mar 31, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #25

    Ibiza

    Got you- hadn’t registered.

    BandB

    there is being clever and there is being too clever for your own good .

    Comment at 21 sailed over my head. Do you mean Mr T problems? well he is but nothing I can’t handle of course. He is too easy you usually require more thought before I respond.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 31, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #26

    magscar…there should indeed be room for all fans! I should know be now that I certainly don’t get along with all posters and I don’t mind expressing that!

    …it doesn’t mean I want them off the blog. They represent what being a Newcastle supports is.

    When I talked about us as a community and liking it the way it is, I am pointing the finger at instigators. Those who just come here to cause trouble. That has nothing to do with opinions.

    The difference of opinion is what I like about this place…but it’s the action behind those opinions that can course the problems. (some just seem to only wanting to pour gasoline on the fire and watch it burn)

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  • BandB

    Mar 31, 2015 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #27

    Howay Blade,

    Kick off a bit off footy craic will you….

    Well…

    Off you go….

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Mar 31, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #28

    *You should know by now…

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  • magscar

    Mar 31, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #29

    Mister Tuff

    Quick !! Someone has appeared who may have escaped your radar. Stop wearing that silly hat and concentrate. Mind you I think you have missed him everytime. Must be right side of that line.

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  • magscar

    Mar 31, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #30

    Jesper

    Good on you. I had thought you were bigger than that and I take it you are not classing Boydonegood as an incendiarist ( if its not a word should be – am now rushing posts)

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  • DokToon

    Mar 31, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #31

    BandB,

    I think, in my darksideofthepond way of reasoning…

    we all get caught up in the quality of football we see, the miserly ways of our “esteemed” owner, and the fact weve lost 4 in a row to the heathens…. we forget who WE all are, supporters on NUFC… while we all have differing opinions, we do live and pray for the day when we take our long overdue place in the CL…

    it saddens me to see us tearing in to each other, when the name united is in our name… I may not have been born there, but my footie soul is on tyneside til I die…

    I forget who said it, but the best way to triumph, in ashleys sense is to divide and conquer us….

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  • magscar

    Mar 31, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #32

    BandB@27

    Nice bit of irony in keeping with your current point!

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  • magscar

    Mar 31, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #33

    Doktoon@31

    Don’t think any of us could find much to argue about with those sentiments

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  • BandB

    Mar 31, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #34

    Dok

    Will you get to see the match live on Sunday?

    I can’t help recalling how excited Dannyo was bringing his lad over to see the derby, and all those questions, where do we stay? what do we visit? what time does the riot start?

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Mar 31, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #35

    This club does nothing right..send him out on loan or use him more instead of the misfiring Riviere. This kid is class and I am always impressed when I see him, similar to Ayoze Perez. He wasn’t ready and look how well he’s done!

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  • magscar

    Mar 31, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #36

    Anyway apparently have some IT problem to sort so will take my leave.

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  • Average_Contents

    Mar 31, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #37

    I agree with Jesperlemon

    Difference of opinion is inevitable and can sometimes lead to a number of good debates. I stress sometimes.

    But and it’s a big but.

    Some don’t have opinions. Their sole intention is to pour fuel onto the fire they just happened to start or at least had a hand in.

    That’s not debating.
    That’s being a wum.
    Sad as it is.

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  • bladeuser

    Mar 31, 2015 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #38

    All i have to say is
    CARVER OUT and give young armstrong a chance against scumberland what have we got to lose.Five in a row maybe oh i forgot willo is playing five in a row is a cert

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  • DokToon

    Mar 31, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #39

    BandB,

    yes I will,… my son and I will be singing in our backyard prior to the game.. to the amusement of my neighbors who know nothing about NUFC in particular or footy in general 🙂

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  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 31, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #40

    no radar needed – the old jam pot is working fine.
    You talk of a broad church on here, accepting handshakes and then go on the attack. What a hypocrite and trickster.
    A nerve has clearly been touched. Before you blow a gasket could I suggest some breathing exercises – after me – inhale deeply- hold – and exhale slowly.

    Viva the jam pot.
    High Five the jam pot.

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