Newcastle United forward Adam Armstrong has admitted that he is surprised that he is in the club’s first team.
The teenager also featured in Newcastle’s 4-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in the quarter-finals of the League Cup on Wednesday.
Rated highly and claimed by many to have a bright future, Armstong admits that he was not expecting to be thrust into the limelight so soon.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has spoken highly of the teenager, who told ChronicleLive: “It’s massive to hear the manager talk me up.
“For a young player, and I am only 17, to get praise from the manager is amazing. I just want to show him what I can do when I get on. I am further ahead than I thought I would be.
“I thought at this stage, and this was my belief a few years ago, that I would be pushing for the reserves about now. To break through into the first-team squad is excellent for me, and I now have to keep going.”
Currently playing for the England Under-18 side, Armstrong has done well for himself and has impressed whenever he has been called into action.
The youngster seems to be level-headed and knows that he needs to work hard to develop himself. Armstrong certainly has the talent to succeed for Newcastle in the coming years.