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Why hotshot Newcastle striker should not be thrown into starting role

Adam Armstrong should be held back from starting for Newcastle until next season.

Armstrong has been in prolific form for Newcastle’s reserve sides and the England Under-18’s in recent weeks, and many fans have been calling for his inclusion in the first-team squad for the rest of the season.

The 18-year-old forward has been in-and-around the first-team this term, making a number of appearances in matchday squads, and winning six substitute appearances - and even a lone start against Manchester United.

He has done little in his limited time on the pitch to warrant any further inclusion, and he is only around the first-team due to the injuries and suspensions suffered by the Magpies squad.

Regardless, many still want him to be thrown into the starting XI on a more consistent basis before the end of the season, with John Carver being urged to trust the youngster.

However, Armstrong should not be placed in this situation, as it could do more damage than good in his development path.

He is currently playing for a side struggling for form, and as a striker, he would be forced to lead the line without being presented any chances to score. As a young player, you are thriving off the confidence to succeed, and when not scoring, Armstrong is likely to lose the confidence that he took into the first-team.

The other players in the team may not be scoring, but they at least have the experience to deal with such a problem - having likely experienced it before in their careers.

Armstrong may represent the best option when the Magpies are looking to start a striker for the rest of the season, and he is a good option from the substitutes bench. But right now, he is too young to be thrown into a starting role, at the risk of ruining his career before it has properly begun.

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