Pardew wants more academy-stars in the first-team - here's four who could make the grade

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We take a look at four Newcastle United youngsters who could make the grade in the first team in the near future.

Alan Pardew has spoken of the need for more academy products to come through at Newcastle United in the coming seasons.

Pardew wants the Magpies to utilise the youth-system at the club more often, as he looks to develop players who can lift the side on to new heights over the summer.

“I’ve had to deal with younger players and some have been massively successful and some haven’t," Pardew said to the Northern Echo. "At the moment we are not having as much success as we’ve had [in the past]. We’ve produced some fantastic players for this club and we need to start producing a few more."

In this piece we take a few of Newcastle United's youth-teamers who could step-up. 

Rolando Aarons

Aarons went into this season as an unknown quantity, but he has announced his arrival in the first-team already and now will be looking to build on that.

A jinking winger, his pace and trickery caused defences problems at the start of the season, before an injury thwarted his progress.

Aarons already has a Premier League goal to his name and when he does return from his setback he is likely to go straight back into starting contention.

Adam Armstrong

Tipped to be the best player to come through the Magpies' youth-system in some time, Armstrong's first start for the club came against Crystal Palace in the League Cup.

In that match the 17-year-old did not disappoint, as he provided two assists for his team as they won the match 3-2. 

A creative outlet, Armstrong is a natural in possession and, having already been on the bench in the league this campaign, he will be hoping to make the grade as the club's secret weapon in the coming weeks.

Freddie Woodman

A goalkeeper touted for a big career at club and international level, Woodman already has a number of England youth-caps to his name.

Although the towering stopper is unlikely to displace Tim Krul this season the Dutchman has hinted that a move away from St. James' Park may not be too far away and Woodman will be hoping to step-up when that day does come. 

Remie Streete

A highly-rated centre-back, Streete will get his first taste of senior football this month in a loan spell with Port Vale.

Identified as a talent from a young-age, there are big hopes about Streete's future and Newcastle will be hoping that he is able to prove his worth with the League One strugglers before making the step-up to the first-team. 

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