Three Newcastle youngsters to watch in 2016/17, including Adam Armstrong

Rolando Aarons celebrates scoring the fourth goal for Newcastle United

The Championship could prove to be the perfect place for some Newcastle youngsters to prove they have the ability to play under Rafael Benitez.

Rolando Aarons celebrates scoring the fourth goal for Newcastle United

A new football season presents a new opportunity for youngsters wanting to break into the first team and that is no less true at Newcastle United.

For some players, relegation to the Championship has been a blessing, with many young prospects ready to stake their claim and show their worth.

Had Newcastle survived last season, some of the more youthful members of the squad could have been expecting to spend a year on loan at a Championship club. However, a drop down a division for the Magpies has now given them a chance to gain first team experience at St James' Park and continue their footballing education at their own club.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

During Newcastle's last season in the Championship, Andy Carroll was the only youngster who made an impression and became a key figure in the charge for promotion, scoring 17 goals.

This season, manager Rafael Benitez will be hoping to offer more chances to Newcastle's youth. Here are three young players who could shine in black and white this season.

Adam Armstrong

Newcastle United's Adam Armstrong in action

Having shone on loan at League One side Coventry last season, the Championship was the next natural step for Adam Armstrong.

The 19-year-old scored 20 goals last season and would likely have gone on loan to a Championship side had Newcastle survived. The striker now has a chance to continue his development at Newcastle, as he competes for a starting position with Benitez's other strikers: Dwight Gayle, Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic.

The pint-sized Geordie has made a handful of appearances for Newcastle already in his career, and received his first start at Old Trafford in 2014, but is yet to score for the Magpies. This season presents the perfect opportunity for Armstrong to open his Newcastle account and kick-start what could be a fruitful career.

Jamie Sterry

Jamie Sterry - Newcastle United

Jamie Sterry was handed his Newcastle debut last season by Rafael Benitez, coming on as a substitute in their final game of the season at home to Tottenham. 

Born in Newcastle, like Armstrong, the defender will face competition from Daryl Janmaat and new signing Jesus Gamez for game-time on the right side of the defence. Sterry has featured throughout pre-season though, and the tough-tackling youngster will be hoping he is afforded the same opportunities when the Championship season kicks off.

The 20-year-old will not start the season as first choice, but with a heavy schedule awaiting Newcastle, Sterry will most likely be given a chance to shine for his local club.

Rolando Aarons

Newcastle United's Cheick Tiote celebrates with Rolando Aarons

A player who has been on the brink of breaking out for the past two seasons, only to be hampered by injury, this season is the biggest of Rolando Aarons' short career.

The winger first featured under Alan Pardew, and was then brought in by Steve McClaren last season, although as a makeshift left back, which did nothing to help the youngster's development.

Despite being born in Kingston, Jamaica, Aarons has become an adopted Geordie after arriving at the club aged 16. Four years on, the 20-year-old could be the player to benefit most from Newcastle's relegation. Fans saw a glimpse of the future against Spurs last season when Aarons bagged a goal and produced a bursting run to assist Dutchman Janmaat in the 5-1 demolition.

The speed-merchant could be the one to watch in the Championship this season.

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