It looks to me as though Adam Armstrong could be one of the biggest victims of the current shambles at Newcastle United.

Failure to properly strengthen up front as well as the ludicrous loan deal of Facundo Ferreyra, has meant that the seventeen year old striker has been thrown in at the deep end as things have fallen apart.

adam armstrongArmstrong has undoubted ability but he is at risk of being hung out to dry after being asked to do too much in such trying circumstances.

Asked to play a lone role up front at Old Trafford and then at Leicester he and the rest of the team were slaughtered (vocally!) by the fans after the final whistle.

Armstrong has said that he shares the frustrations of the supporters and has asked them to keep backing the team.

This being another level of incompetence and/or cynical behaviour by Newcastle United. Instead of protecting a young player who is being asked to take on too much responsibility on the pitch, they are instead putting him up for interview and using him as a means to try and keep fans onside.

Just like Jak Alnwick in goal, Armstrong has had little to no preparation for what he is being asked to do at the moment. Alan Pardew had every opportunity to play young players like Armstrong in the last couple of months of last season when there was nothing to play for but didn’t give a single start to any of them, preferring to play the likes of Shola Ameobi and Dan Gosling who were leaving the club anyway.

Adam Armstrong;

“I share the frustrations of the fans, four thousand to come for an FA Cup game was really good.

“I want the fans to keep going and to go into next week.”

Great to get chance;

“It is great as a young lad to get my chance, I have taken it and I’m looking to get more games.

“I just want to keep getting better and you have to push for your place as a young lad.”

All we can do is work hard;

“We need to keeping pushing and put it right next game.

“We need to get wins and work hard in training, that is all that we can do.”