Adam Armstrong to get chance to earn first team spot at Newcastle United

Alan Pardew will hand youngster an opportunity to prove his worth with several Championship clubs eyeing a move for him

Newcastle United's Adam Armstrong
Newcastle United's Adam Armstrong

Alan Pardew will hand Adam Armstrong the chance to play his way into Newcastle United’s first-team squad during pre-season – with several Championship suitors keen to take him on loan next term.

Armstrong has been chosen as part of the touring party for the trip to New Zealand in a sign Pardew is willing to gauge his progress before deciding whether or not to loan him out to get more first team experience.

The Journal understands Pardew, having been stung by accusations United’s Academy has not produced enough first-team players, is paying particularly close attention to the progress of Armstrong.

He agonised long and hard about whether to hand the 17-year-old more game time at the end of last season before deciding it would be unfair on the youngster to have him shoulder the scoring burden when the mood on Tyneside curdled.

He wants Armstrong’s progress to continue this season and would like to integrate him into the senior squad – but if United manage to sign the two front-line forward reinforcements the club wants he may allow him to make a temporary switch.

Several second-tier sides have already made informal enquiries to boss Alan Pardew about a player who has created plenty of buzz since graduating through the Academy.

Ipswich have been linked with the England under-19 international, although he is not understood to be on their priority list.

Meanwhile, Pardew has claimed Newcastle’s end-of-season form was blighted - by the World Cup.

Newcastle were rocked by Loic Remy’s reticence to play towards the end of the campaign and others seemed to be nursing minor niggles they did not want to risk as United played out the campaign. He said: “We were affected by the World Cup, there is no doubt about that in my mind.

“We weren’t as strong then as we were in the first half of the season when we lost Yohan Cabaye and didn’t replace him, but I’m expecting the team to be much stronger.”

Pardew has spoken of the World Cup halting United’s recruitment drive but he has made it crystal clear he expects players to be signed and he anticipates United being a stronger side than they were in the final days of last term.

He added: “That will give our fans encouragement and optimism as it all became very negative towards the end.

“The key ingredient is optimism and that’s something we need to give back to our fans.”


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