Peter Beardsley has told the Chronicle that Adam Armstrong has a 'brilliant chance' of becoming a first-team player in the future at Newcastle United.
Armstrong has been one of Newcastle's development side's best players this season and Beardsley has been singing his praises today.
The Newcastle academy coach says that Armstrong has all the potential required to become a star at St. James' Park and he just needs to keep working.
"He’s a lovely kid," he said. "He’s down-to-earth and he loves the game, he loves shooting and will shoot on sight. To be fair you can’t fault him, he’s a brilliant kid.
“I’ve said before he’s not ready yet but he’s got a brilliant chance of being a first team player.”
Armstrong has made 13 appearances for Newcastle's senior side during his career to date, but he has never been handed a regular run of games.
From Beardsley's comments it would appear that a sustained run of matches for the first-team is still some way off for the 18-year-old, but he will still be buoyed to hear such praise.
The youngster is considered one of the most exciting prospects to have been in Newcastle's ranks for some time and they will determined to ensure that he fulfils his potential.
Armstrong has already seen the likes of Paul Dummett, Sammy Ameobi and Rolando Aarons step out of the Magpies' development squad and into the first-team and he will be hoping to follow in the trio's footsteps in the near future.