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Adam Armstrong – This One Goes Out To The One I Love

6 years ago
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So far, Adam Armstrong looks the real deal, on and off the pitch.

Despite only being seventeen he has shown maturity beyond his years, while for both England and Newcastle at youth levels he has been outstanding.

Can he make the next, and most important, step up?

The signs are good, on his first ever start for the first team Armstrong made two of the three goals against Crystal Palace, including a class cross for Paul Dummett’s winner.

With Newcastle looking short of both creativity and goals in the Premier League, will Alan Pardew be brave enough to let him have a chance.

While he still has it all to prove, Armstrong is already older than Wayne Rooney was when he made his England debut, the scouser having made his first start for Everton when only sixteen.

If you’re old enough then you are good enough and as further evidence of his old head on young shoulders, Adam Armstrong also took time out to dedicate his outstanding first start for Newcastle, to his granddad whose funeral was only 48 hours before that Palace match.

This is what Adam Armstrong told the official club website after the win over Palace;

“I just wish my grandad had been here to see it.

“He was a professional footballer when he was younger, so would have been really proud of me making my full debut for Newcastle.

“It was a really nice moment for me and the family after a tough week.

“I have supported Newcastle since I was a little kid so this means everything. My dad has taken me to matches as a fan and has also watched all my games.

“He was there (at Crystal Palace) and it was just amazing to pull on the shirt and play a part for the team, especially from the start.

“I was told on Tuesday morning that I would be starting and I was so pleased to get the chance to show the manager what I can do, hopefully I did that.

“We went to a hotel before the game and I couldn’t get to sleep because I was far too excited. I wanted to be out there straight away.

“I was a bit nervous as well before the game, but I just kept telling myself it was just another game, and to bring what I do in the under 21s into the first team.

“You have got to picture it that way and can’t get overawed by it. The pressure is on and you have to stay calm and keep your nerve…

“Two assists wasn’t bad, I guess!

“For the match to go to extra-time was really hard on the lads but we came through in the end and it was a great victory.”

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