Newcastle striker Adam Armstrong hopes that the experience and goals gained in League One this past season will have primed him to be involved in the Newcastle first team next season.
For young players it is often all about getting the opportunities and ironically it is Newcastle’s failings that may mean the 19 year old forward gets a proper run in the United first team, sooner rather than later.
Adam Armstrong says ‘Newcastle is my club and it’s who I want to play for’ and hopes to show in pre-season that he is good enough to be part of *Rafa Benitez’ (*everything crossed on that front) plans.
The fact that the Geordie striker will be representing his country could though impact on his chances of impressing the Newcastle manager.
Appearing for England in the Under 19s Euros in July, will see Armstrong involved in the two week long tournament plus undoubtedly preparation time beforehand and presumably at least a brief holiday afterwards.
So just how much part Adam Armstrong plays in pre-season remains to be seen.
One thing for sure though is that unlike some Newcastle players this past season, we will see 100% from Armstrong whenever he gets his chance.
Adam Armstrong talking to The Sun:
“Newcastle is my club and it’s who I want to play for. I want to work really hard in pre-season and try and get into the gaffer’s mind.
“I went to Coventry as an 18 year old and I think I needed that in my career.
“I had played a lot of Under 21 football and made 15 league appearances for Newcastle, five minutes now and then, and that was a massive experience for me as well.
“But the step up from Under 21 football to League One was massive. You are playing competitive football when you come out on loan, while Under 21 is about producing players and playing the right football.
“So it was really good for me and we’ll see what happens next season.”
Adam Armstrong also has England duties this summer, with the Under 19 European Championships in Germany in July. Before then the England Under 19 squad have a pre-tournament warm-up in Mexico in June.
The final of those Under 19s Euros is on 24 July and only 13 days before the Championship season kicks off.
“I have played for England since I was 15 and I have come all the way through the ranks.
“We have got the Euros in July and we won that with the Under 17s two years ago (in Malta).
“So we need to retain that and I think we are well capable of doing that with the players we have got.”