Armstrong: Why I’m happy to wait for Newcastle chance

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Adam Armstrong has admitted that he has to remain patient for his chance in the Newcastle first-team.

Armstrong has told the Chronicle why he is happy to wait for his chance at Newcastle, having been overlooked in the Tyne-Wear derby.

Many were calling for the 18-year-old striker to start the local tie with Sunderland, as the Black Cats deal with a host of injury problems, but he was left on the substitutes bench until the final few minutes.

Sunderland won the game courtesy of a Jermain Defoe strike, and John Carver only looked towards the teenage striker when it was clear that no impact could have been made.

Despite failing to register any noticeable time on the field of play, another substitutes appearance for Armstrong represents a continuation of his strong development this season, and he is now up to seven Premier League appearances.

One of those came as a starter against Manchester United, although he was out of position, and the remaining six have been as a late substitute in his natural striking role.

He has yet to register a goal for the Magpies, although that is not surprising given their poor form, and Armstrong has admitted that he does not mind sitting on the bench, as he is only young and must be patient.

“I’m 18,” he told the Chronicle. “I’ve got to be patient and my time will come. When I get that chance I’ve got to take it and be a man.

“Maybe he thinks with being so young John Carver doesn’t want to chuck me in too early. I’m in and around the first team so it’s good for me.”

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