North-East latest: Pardew on Newcastle's 'great talent'; Poyet slams Sunderland's big-names

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Pardew on great talent Armstrong

Alan Pardew says that Adam Armstrong is a great talent. 

The youngster looks the brightest prospect to come through at Newcastle United for some time and the manager is now hoping that he fulfils his potential. 

“We hope he’s going to be a great talent for the club,” Pardew said to the Northern Echo. “He loves the football team and that shows."

Armstrong on amazing experience

Adam Armstrong has said that making his first start for Newcastle United was an amazing experience.

The 17-year-old played a starring role in the Magpies 3-2 win over Crystal Palace in the League Cup during midweek and he clearly enjoyed his chance. 

"It was just amazing to pull on the shirt and play a part for the team, especially from the start," he said to the FA's official website. 

Altidore praises Wickham

Jozy Altidore may be in direct competition for places with Connor Wickham at Sunderland, but he has had no qualms praising the English striker.

Altidore scored his first goal of the season in midweek and may be expecting to start at the weekend as a result, but he has praised Wickham, who he will be looking to displace.

“I think Connor has done very well," he told the Sunderland Echo. "He’s come a long way in a very short space of time. I’m proud of him.

“I think he’s deserved his opportunity.”

Poyet wants more quality

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet says that he needs his team to start stepping up to the plate.

The Uruguayan boss has urged his bigger name players to start living up to their fees and help the club pick up their first win of the season at the weekend. 

"Against Spurs, I was honest and said that’s why you pay £30m for a player – for someone who is better technically than you, quicker than you and stronger than you," he said to the Shields Gazette. 

“But at Burnley, it should have been the opposite way around.

“I didn’t see that and it’s happened too many times."

Reach wants repeat performance

Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Reach says that the club need to repeat the standard of performance they put in against Liverpool in the League Cup for the rest of the season.

The 'Boro youngster has revealed that the club are aiming for promotion this year and Reach believes that his side must bring their best to every game from now on. 

“Our ultimate aim this year is to get promoted to the Premier League and play teams like that on a weekly basis," he said to the Gazette. 

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