Carver To Continue To Handle Top Youngster With Caution


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.

Newcastle United Open Training Session

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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39 comments so far

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 3, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #1

    He’s a fine young player. He will need time and patience but get him some playing time Johnny C. Bring him along starting now. Cisse is too erratic in his behavior. Perez will continue to improve as well given the right opportunities.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 3, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #2

    If more people called him Johnny C. he would gain confidence and start wearing a trilby. Come on lads help the man oot!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 3, 2015 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #3

    Jeffrey,
    You had to feed the Mrs fish ? Is she a cat or some kind of marine mammal, you’re not that bloke they caught off of Amble a few years ago are you ?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 3, 2015 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #4

    I believe we’ll challenge for 15th place next season because the owner cares so much about us. He loves his club and is willing to spend madly to get us into 15th place. Count on it lads. You heard it here first.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 3, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #5

    G2,
    As I watched the local news where I am at the moment, it was about Steve Bruce and the acheivement of avoiding the drop if they pull it off, clubs like Hull feel like they have somethi g to play for as surviving seems like an acheivement. Ashley will address our zombie like status and give us the pleasure of thinking staying up is a job well done next season.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 3, 2015 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #6

    Not that you lot deserve a 15th place club. Cheeky bunch. Always complaining. Harrumph!!!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 3, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #7

    Well for Mike it’s survival plus oodles of cash Jail mate. It makes a wonderful combination in his mind. Then feed out little dribbles of information with no football plan whatsoever. Also it’s necessary to act surprised when people ask why the profits from last season seem low and the costs seem to have risen dramatically. Then of course the plan is to always promise more detail in the future and act terribly offended. Very clever, our owner.

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  • croftus5678

    Apr 3, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #8

    hmm gets me thinking !!!!

    it would only take around 14 top top class players for us to start challenging for a top 6 place you know ?

    we should sign players from holland as i have it from a good source that the futures bright the futures orange !

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 3, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #9

    No Croftus mate, I think our future lies further south. Burundi are developing some nice cheap players these days.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 3, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #10

    Is that counting the fact we plan to sell our remaining 5 or 6 decent players this summer Croftus? Because otherwise I think we’ll need 19 or 20 new top classers.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Apr 3, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #11

    Jail
    Not heard of Good Friday then ?
    Why am I not surprised!!
    You’re probably a muslim

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 3, 2015 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #12

    So to summarize, Mike is looking for 19 or 20 youngish, cheap, fantastically skilled players with high sell on potential this summer. Beautiful.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 3, 2015 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #13

    It’s amazing no other club has cottoned onto this brilliant plan of Mike’s. Really makes you wonder.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 3, 2015 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #14

    Does anyone know of a few young lads who can kick a ball and don’t want any wages? We can pass their names onto Mike and Lee.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 3, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #15

    Anybody being told that that Watford equalizer would increase Steve Mclarens chance of managing in the PL would think you were off your rocker.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 3, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #16

    I think it’s unfair to ask Mike to pay agents’ fees as well. The FA should stump up for that where our club is concerned. And Mike should be knighted for his services to football as well. Sir Mike. Doesn’t that sound brilliant?

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  • JamesToon

    Apr 3, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #17

    Jesper post from last thread
    I just think this game is very much setup for arma, a chance to really prove himself.

    Finkler on post from last thread
    Why thank you 🙂

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  • ZIPPIE57

    Apr 3, 2015 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #18

    Armstrong is like a headless chicken

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 3, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #19

    Jeffrey,
    Every Friday is good Friday for the muslim people.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 3, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #20

    Not so zippie. Arma has a giant heed. And a nose for goal.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 3, 2015 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #21

    And since the Sunderland goal always smells like a gorilla’s armpit he should have no trouble finding it.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 3, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #22

    If we sell Krul, Tiote, Obertan (give away more likely), Willo, and Riviere this summer that should bring in about 20M pounds. So with the 18.7M pound profit already declared and 4M for Percy that makes about 42.7M pounds. How much of that will Mike be willing to spend on players? Say 5M pounds if we include wages and agents’ fees. Surely 5M pounds will get us 10 or 12 top players? At least that’s what Mike thinks.

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 3, 2015 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #23

    A man’s head atop a toddlers body. Still, that doesn’t impact on his football ability I’m sure. Unless he’s top heavy thus losing balance on occasion.

    Even minus a leg I’d start him over gouffran in his current state. Couldn’t be any worse could he.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 3, 2015 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #24

    So what is the story about last year’s profits then? What did some of the profit get spent on? Players wages: down; player sales: profit (Cabaye 19M); attendance: normal, commercial revenue: up; TV revenue: up; total revenue: up 33.7M over previous year. Where did the money go Mike?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 3, 2015 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #25

    Ashley’s lawyers, the committee reported, had said Ashley was “unavailable in March”, and Hellawell appeared instead, pressed into a series of admissions. Sports Direct had withheld rent to the warehouse landlord and payments to the clothing brand Diesel, to gain an advantage in negotiations, which Davidson described as “reprehensible practices”, while the Conservative MP Simon Reevell said the actions made Sports Direct look “like some sort of backstreet outfit”.
    Nice little excerpt about Ashley business practices. Is there a bigger swine in England>\?

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  • jimmysmith

    Apr 3, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #26

    From the The Guardian’s most often excellent and thorough David Conn.

    “Newcastle United under Mike Ashley: billboard for cheapness or empire of hopes and dreams?”

    http://gu.com/p/47895/sbl

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 3, 2015 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #27

    Ta jimmysmith. I repeat is there a bigger swine in England? Most of his workforce are on so-called zero-hour wages. He’s a first class pig he is.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 3, 2015 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #28

    Fatty Pigswill as owner. We should be so proud.

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  • toonbrother

    Apr 3, 2015 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #29

    this kid is overrated and has no business being anywhere near our first team

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 3, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #30

    What first team would that be toonbrother? The one without a decent senior striker? Without a decent senior CB? With Division Two wingers like Obertan?

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 3, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #31

    I like that name Fatty Pigswill. I think I’ll use it from now on.

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Apr 3, 2015 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #32

    Just about 7 hours late jimmysmith
    It’s always as well to read this blog fully

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Apr 3, 2015 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #33

    It must be a Canadian thing.
    Brits no matter how much they hate someone , hold back from calling them pigs or swine.
    Back off a bit G2 there’s a good boy

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Apr 3, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #34

    G2
    “The Conservative MP Simon Reevell said the actions made Sports Direct look “like some sort of backstreet outfit”.
    Nice little excerpt about Ashley business practices. Is there a bigger swine in England?”
    Actually there is .
    Simon Reevell pictured here talking with the leader of Kashmiri terrorists
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCbNvZxx2pU

    G2 you don’t know enough about Brit stuff to comment

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  • lesh

    Apr 3, 2015 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #35

    GeordieTwo

    Ashley’s morals went down the pan at birth and it’s interesting the way Cllr Forbes described Llambis’s finger-poking and foul language.

    What a fine pair, the exemplars of responsible business practise – horrible people!

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  • Dulcinera

    Apr 3, 2015 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #36

    I reckon we should put a cheeky bid in for Javier Hernandez. Not wanted at united. Madrid obviously seen something in him to go for the loan, it hasn’t quite worked out for him there but i’ve always liked the look of him. He’s better than what we have and would represent quite a coup for a mid table club

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  • stan anderson

    Apr 3, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #37

    This club is a laughing stock and people still pay money to the slug.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 4, 2015 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #38

    Dulcinera
    Javier Hernandez would be a fine signing i agree.
    His wages would be out of our range though.
    Arma would’ve been given a chance at Utd under SAF,Rooney got his chance at Everton as a kid.
    Arma knows where the goal is,problem at our club is that we don’t have anyone feeding the forwards with anything decent.
    Maybe Cabella is getting there now.
    The derby game is a hot affair and they’ve got some gypsies on their team that’d like to break a Geordie lads young legs,so it could be the wrong thing puttin him in there,maybe just the last 15 mins

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  • Jack Attack Attack Attack

    Apr 4, 2015 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #39

    Toonbrother… How is he over rated? Whos is bigging him up? Coaches no? Press no? Fans no? And he is banging them in at international level, more like under rated, he should be playing every week from now til end of season, we have nothing to play for, we are safe, so why not develop him?

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