Peter Beardsley has admitted that not a single one of Newcastle’s young players is ready to make the step up to the first team.

Speaking after the NUFC reserves/Under 21s were beaten 3-0 at Brighton on Monday night, the former playing genius said that results were immaterial at that level of football and getting players ready for first team action was all that mattered.

That defeat on the south coast made it nine matches without a win for the Newcastle United Under 21s but Beardsley picked Adam Armstrong out for special mention.

Saying that while the local born striker isn’t ready to play in the Premier League yet, his time will come.

Peter Beardsley speaking to the Chronicle:

“When you look at the job John (Carver) has got, he hasn’t got many players through no fault of his. Our big job is to get these (younger) lads up to that stage.

“None of them are ready for the first team yet, not one of them, they have a bit to go. That is our job and why results (beneath the first team) don’t matter.”

Adam Armstrong:

“He is not ready yet and I know that sounds harsh, but there will be a time when he is ready.

“He is a lovely kid, he is down to earth and loves the game, he loves shooting and will shoot on sight. To be fair you can’t fault him, he’s a brilliant kid. I have said before he is not ready yet but he has got a brilliant chance of being a first team player.”

With Newcastle in defensive crisis, it remains to be seen whether 19 year old Lubomir Satka is risked at centre-back on Saturday, considering that as yet he hasn’t played a single minute of Premier League football.