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.
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!
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