Whoever is in charge of Newcastle next season, they must give Adam Armstrong a chance

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The Newcastle United youngster is a natural goal-scorer with a bright future in the game.

The future of Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren remains a mystery – at least at the time of writing – but one thing that is clear is that whoever is in charge at St James’ Park next season, young striker Adam Armstrong deserves regular game-time.

The 19-year-old already has 19 appearances for the Magpies under his belt but the majority of those have come from the bench and this season has proved what he can do when starting week in, week out…albeit at a lower level.

Armstrong is currently out on loan at League One side Coventry City and he has not wasted his chance, scoring 19 goals and providing three assists in 30 appearances to date. And whether Newcastle are in the Premier League or the Championship next season, whoever is in charge must show faith in the teenager.

There is no doubt Armstrong would be better suited to a season in the second tier as he continues his development, and if Newcastle are there he needn’t move on. However, if the Magpies fight clear of the bottom three it is time to start building a team around players who care; the next generation of club greats rather than expensive mercenaries.

Armstrong is certainly a superstar in the making, and if a new man does take charge one of the first things he should do this summer is tell the teenage forward he is a big part of his plans.

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