Sometimes we wish Newcastle would give the youngsters their chance more often, and at the moment we do have what appear to be some top youngsters coming through the ranks, and one of the very best is local lad Adam Armstrong.
Adam Armstrong – pressing for first team
Adam scored two terrific goals for England last Saturday when he captained the England U18 team to a 6-1 win over Switzerland, but John Carver doesn’t seem totally convinced that the Chapel Hill lad is ready for the Newcastle first team.
This is some of what John Carver said in his press conference today – and there’s a chance we may see Adam get on against Sunderland on Sunday:
“Adam went away with England scored a spectacular goal for England, two in fact, and he’s definitely pushing for the first team.”
“The thing with young players is that they will always have spells when they are developing where they have a really good purple patch and then they come off the mark a little bit.”
“And Adam’s actually recently had a dip in form, but all of a sudden he’s had a couple of goals for the England U18 team and he came on against Arsenal a fortnight (two weeks) ago, and he had a little impact and is now in a better place on the back of the two goals he got for England.”
“You have to be able to cope with the heat of the derby because sometimes it can make you or break you.” “I’ll make sure the environment is right before I push Adam into anything.”
“If I feel it is right on Sunday then he might get his chance.”
John’s right that he has to protect Adam and our other young players, but you can also be too cautious as a coach.
Adam has made 14 first team appearances for Newcastle so far, and 10 of those have come this season, but he still has to get off the mark with his first Newcastle goal.
We thought with the squad down to the bare-bones this year, that would mean Adam would get his chance, but both development manager Peter Beardsley and head coach John Carver have said recently they don’t think Armstrong is ready yet for the first team.
John seems a very conservative personality, who doesn’t seem to want to take too many risks.
We are still hoping Adam gets on at the Stadium of Light, and who knows the Geordie lad may get his first goal for Newcastle.
That would be something, and also a Newcastle win would be both rare and fantastic.
Here’s hoping …….
Howay the Lads!!
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