Newcastle United head coach John Carver has told The Chronicle that he will not put too much pressure on young forward Adam Armstrong.
Armstrong is 18 years of age and is rated as one of the more promising young players coming through Newcastle’s youth academy.
The teenager has made eight appearances in the Premier League so far this season, creating three chances and having a pass accuracy of 76% in the process.
With Newcastle suffering from injuries and lack of goals in recent weeks, Armstrong has emerged as a player who could lead the attack.
However, Carver has insisted that he will not throw the youngster in at the deep end and put undue pressure on him.
“He (Armstrong) is a young player developing and we had a situation with Adam Campbell not so long ago, where he got fast-tracked and he got thrown into that European game, and everybody thought he was going to be the next Franco Zola or whatever and he wasn’t,” the Englishman told The Chronicle.
“And it affected him. I don’t want the same thing happening to Adam Armstrong. What Adam needs at this football club is to be out on loan, playing in the Championship or playing in League One for a good season.”
While Carver is not exactly a popular figure among the Newcastle, his comments about protecting Armstrong should be applauded.
It is very easy for ‘outsiders’ to suggest that Carver should play the youngster more often, but as someone who knows the player inside out, the 50-year-old will know better than most how to develop him.
Newcastle are going through a bad spell at the moment, and if Armstrong is brought into the picture, then it is only going to put undue pressure on him.
The teenager needs to grow and develop at his own pace, and Carver’s suggestion that he would benefit from a loan spell in the lower leagues of English football is something that should be taken into account.