John Carver has told BBC Match of the Day 2 Extra, which was broadcast on November 22nd, that he and Newcastle United held Adam Armstrong’s development up, by not sending him out on loan last season.
Armstrong was kept at St. James’ Park last campaign because of Newcastle’s lack of cover up-front, but he rarely got the chance to play.
And Carver believes that Newcastle’s failure to send him out to get first-team experience has harmed the youngster’s development.
“I’ll use Armstrong as an example. Last year I had to keep Armstrong at St. James’ Park, because I had nobody else," he said.
“I held up his development – the club held up his development. He should have played at Coventry last season, and then this season be playing for someone like Rotherham in the Championship.
“We have slowed his development down, but if the kid’s good enough he’ll get an opportunity.
“I feel guilty, because I know his parents really well, but there’s nothing I could have done about it.”
While on loan at Coventry, Armstrong has shown his potential and he has torn apart League One defences so far.
The 18-year-old has netted 12 times in 15 appearnaces for the Sky Blues, and his form has helped Tony Mowbray’s side climb to the top of League One.
There are already calls for Armstrong to come back into Newcastle’s team when his loan expires in January, but another temporary move seems more likely.
Wolverhampton Wanderers have been credited with an interest in Armstrong by the Chronicle, and it seems that Magpies are looking to make up for lost time with the youngster’s development now.