Can The Local Lad Make It This Season?


One of the questions that Rafa Benitez still has to answer is whether he will use 19 year-old local lad Adam Armstrong in the first team in the Championship this coming season.

Rafa had said earlier this month that it’s good to bring through the local players, but they have to be good enough, so we don’t really know what Rafa is thinking.

But Adam should get an opportunity once he’s fully fit to show Rafa what he can do both in training and in some of the preseason friendly games.

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Adam Armstrong – wants to play in Championship

Adam picked up an injury while playing for the England U-19 side in Mexico so he was not fit to be in the European U-19 Championships in Germany.

But Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman is starting in the England side and they take on Italy in the semi-finals of the tournament on Thursday.

Here’s what Adam has said in the local press:

“I’ve been back in training.” “It’s feeling good.” “I’ve been strengthening it in the gym.”

“It was disappointing not to go to the European Championships, but I’m supporting them.”

“It’s been really good. It’s good to get away and have a good week’s work. The lads are all bonding and getting on well.”

“It’s felt great being back. As a Newcastle lad, to come back and put a Newcastle top on in training and see all the lads is a really good feeling.”

“It gives us a bit of a buzz.” “It’s the same for every player.” “You’ve just go to train hard and put a marker down all the way through pre-season and see where it takes you.”

“I played in League One, and I think I’m past that. I did well there, so the next step is the Championship.” “I’ll have to see what happens.”

Maybe Adam will get a run-out tomorrow night against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium in the second friendly of preseason and a chance to prove he’s good enough for Newcastle for next season.

We would love to see Adam make a contribution to Newcastle this season and help us get promoted!

Comments welcome.

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115 comments so far

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 19, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #1

    No – too early for him – assess again in January.

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  • jib follower

    Jul 19, 2016 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Sorry i disagree

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  • Goromagpie

    Jul 19, 2016 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Loan him to Blackburn and get Hanley or the other centre back in ASAP

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 19, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #4

    Unless he pulls up a few trees in a couple of freindlies, id say half season loan to a lower champs club (a team expecting to be battling for survival) and give him his shot in January. I am ONLY saying this because of the rotten timing of the injury. If he’d been at the u19 euros, and performed as he apparently often does, then he’d probably have secured a squad place imo

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 19, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #5

    That’s a fine big heed he’s got….

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 19, 2016 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #6

    The blog has died

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 19, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #7

    If Rafa judges players by hat size then Adam will be our lead striker! It’s not dead, it’s just resting YCMIU mate. Harrumph….

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 19, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #8

    blog died because nowt is happening.

    Nowt in Nowt oot!

    Only news….latest – Press Association Sport…

    Newcastle have still yet to receive what they deem is an acceptable offer for reported £25million Liverpool target Georginio Wijnaldum.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 19, 2016 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #9

    And
    I it’s owa bloody het in the TOON to do owt!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 19, 2016 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #10

    Another snippet from Rafa courtesy of your Official Senior Blog Journo:
    G2: Rafa, what can you tell us about your quest for a decent CB to bring in?
    Rafa: I can tell you nothing G2! You must be patient and trust me. Don’t speak to me of this again!
    G2: Ahhh. Well then Rafa, what about Sissy and Wini? Are they keen on staying to help us back up?
    Rafa: G2 you are trying my patience. This is another subject we will not speak of again! And don’t call me Rafa!
    G2: I see….. well then could we talk about your plans for the tea lady?
    Rafa: No. Definitely not.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 19, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #11

    Rafa and I are really working on our relationship….

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 19, 2016 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #12

    Forgot
    Durham bt Lancs by two wickets in the cricket

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 19, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #13

    Charlie

    Divvent complain about the hot weather. We hardly get any 😀

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 19, 2016 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #14

    Yeah i have been keeping track of the cricket. Did thier best to lose in the end

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  • Laurent Robert The Legend

    Jul 19, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #15

    Thanks Mister Tuff for the info..Can I you or jail share your mail id with me? So that i can communicate further with you guys..also let me search for the official mail id to mail them about the tickets.

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  • goommy

    Jul 19, 2016 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #16

    We have Ayoze, Gayle, Mitro and Rafa play one striker plan. So no, not this season.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 19, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #17

    Just looking back again at that 2009-2010 season We finished with a +55 goal difference. 102 points. 90 goals for, 35 against. Lost only 4 times. Top goal scorers Carroll and Nolan with 17 apiece. Looking forward to seeing us surpass that.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 19, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #18

    YouCouldn’t
    True that’s true – Durham – bit like the TOON always trying ta hoi it away

    Wetha- owa het for me – be alreet for the Spanish lads bit like home from home… for a day!

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 19, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #19

    Laurent Robert the Legend – thanks for the reply.
    Lee Marshalls email :-
    Supporter Liaison Officer Lee Marshall: lee.marshall@nufc.co.uk

    Unfortunately I have a policy not to reveal any of my personal details to anyone on line. For obvious reasons.
    However if you have a query post on here and I’m sure you will be helped.

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  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    Jul 19, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #20

    It’s beer garden weather. Although i’m on the wagon for at least a couple of weeks. I need to dry out before the 2 week factory shut down.

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  • Laurent Robert The Legend

    Jul 19, 2016 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #21

    No worries with that and thanks for the official mail id. I’ll get in touch with them. I’ll post any additional queries if I have here..thanks again.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 19, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #22

    YouCouldn’t

    Be Canny doon the Toon Tonight. Be some bonnie states – beer and the sun

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  • Laurent Robert The Legend

    Jul 19, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #23

    I hope to catch some of you guys in the stadium..probably you can teach a song or too to chant..

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  • Laurent Robert The Legend

    Jul 19, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #24

    Two*

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jul 19, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #25

    I don’t know if Armstrong can make it this season. But the better he plays the more he’ll push the other strikers to play well. It’s a win-win.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 19, 2016 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #26

    See the Chronic are reporting that we may keep Thauvin this season and get an attacking midfielder to replace Gini and another attacking forward.
    His time will come – not just yet though.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 19, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #27

    Armstrong that is.

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  • Jib

    Jul 19, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #28

    Moussa Sissoko is telling the French media that he is flattered by PSG’s interest but he wants to carry on in the PL.
    He thinks his talent and experience would be wasted in Ligue 1

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  • Jib

    Jul 19, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #30
  • SUTTY1978

    Jul 19, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #31

    Everyone seems happy for Aarons to be in the squad but not all happy with Armstrong, which seems a bit surprising when he has a full season under his belt.
    Suppose the downside is if he doesn’t get games, 5 mins here or there won’t do him any good. He did blow a bit hot and cold last season but so did Coventry as a team. Nimble skilful players can score a bucket load in the championship, on a similar note that’s why we should keep Wijnaldum. Any replacement we could get wouldn’t be half the player

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  • jib follower

    Jul 19, 2016 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #32

    Give him the chance the man deserves

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 19, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #33

    rafa was hoping to have new players before the match tomorrow,is there anything in the pipeline….its been fairly quiet?

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 19, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #34

    Springy

    Jack all mate. Either Rafa has loads of rabbits in the hat.Or the Rafalution has derailed

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 19, 2016 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #35

    im not overly fussed about gini and sissoko,they obviously dont want to stay, so get what we can for them,and i think some who are singing there praises to keep them need to remember they were part of a relegated side and in sissoko has been struggling for years….they may go on and be decent for a side near the top of the league,but they have struggled to show form at the bottom of the league and obviously dont fancy the lower league and if promoted we will need players who dont struggle at the bottom of the league for a while at least till we make the next step.

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  • lesh

    Jul 19, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #36

    Jib

    Sissoko’s arrogance is really beyond a joke.

    PSG, one of the biggest and richest clubs in the world and he’s flattered. Who the hell does he think he is, Ronaldo? Messi?

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  • SPRINGY

    Jul 19, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #37

    jazzy p
    seen a little bit of that left back mentioned today in the play offs looked decent but a little light weight but very attack minded…..never know… we may get some nice surprises the morra.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 19, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #38

    Springy

    Would have loved Reece Oxford to be honest mate.
    Looks like he’s off to Man city tho so gonna be another wasted English talent that disappears down the drain.
    On Gini personally mate I would keep him. He’s not mouthed off like Moussa has.There is no need to sell either as we haven’t really spent any transfer kitty yet plus he’s on a long contract.

    If he’s that bad then how come big clubs are willing to pay big bucks for the guy.
    Let’s not forget he was played all over the park and never really cemented in a position due to the fact that McLaren’s tactics hindered his natural talent

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  • lesh

    Jul 19, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #39

    If and when Sissoko the Great returns to SJP after his rest (well, his mouth’s certainly not taking a break), I wouldn’t be surprised if Rafa forces him to train by himself.

    Unless he firmly commits to Newcastle United, Rafa’ll have him rot rather than poison the dressing room. Maybe Rafa could loan him out to some club in say, Syria?

    This is likely to become very very messy.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 19, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #40

    Those that won’t to leave…..tough because you got us in this mess. You are staying and can leave next season, except for sissoko if we get the right money…..get rid of the idiot

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