Newcastle United youngster Adam Armstrong has explained to the Shields Gazette the positive impact the club staying in the Premier League has had for him personally.
The Magpies secured their safety with a win against West Ham on the final day of last season, after two months of defeats and anxiety over the future of the club.
Unsurprisingly Armstrong says he was ‘buzzing’ after the club stayed up, which he feels gave him a springboard to embrace his role as the England under-18 captain.
“It was a massive relief that we managed to stay up, and the lads did excellent to defeat West Ham on the last day,” he said.
“Being a fan as well, that’s given me a massive buzz coming into this trip.”
“There comes a few different responsibilities with being made captain, such as making sure the lads are all wearing the same gear when we eat and things like that, but it doesn’t really bother me, it’s something I really enjoy.”
Armstrong didn’t have the impact for Newcastle last season that he would have been hoping for because he was carrying some injury issues.
However, he seems determined to try and make the most of his summer before everyone reports back to Newcastle for pre-season under a new first team manager.
Armstrong will then have a serious challenge on his hands to try and show the club’s next boss that he deserves to be part of the attack, which spearheads Newcastle’s Premier League challenge next season.
That won’t be easy considering the calibre of some of the players in Newcastle’s attack such as Papiss Cisse and Manu Riviere.
He’s got the talent and the pace and can hopefully learn more about leadership responsibility with his captaincy position in the England youth ranks as he looks to progress.