Pardew: Armstrong can be as good as Swansea and West Ham stars

Alan Pardew has backed Newcastle United's Adam Armstrong to become as good as Swansea City's Jonjo Shelvey and West Ham United's Mark Noble.

Alan Pardew believes that Adam Armstrong can become as good as Swansea City's Jonjo Shelvey or West Ham United's Mark Noble. 

Armstrong is one of the brightest prospects to come through the Magpies' academy in recent times and Pardew believes that he can be as good as the Premier League duo that he handed debuts to when they were youngster. 

When in charge of Charlton Atheltic, the English boss handed Shelvey his first chance in the first-team and he also gave Noble his Hammers bow. 

The duo have turned into solid Premier League players and the Newcastle manager clearly feels that is what Armstrong can become in the future, too. 

"I've given debuts to a few good 17-year-olds - Shelvey, Noble. I'd put him in that group in terms of potential," he told the Chronicle's Mark Douglas last night.

Armstrong played a starring role in Newcastle's win against Crystal Palace in the League Cup last night and he already looks capable of making the step-up to first-team football.

The Magpies managed to beat Palace at Selhurst Park in extra-time, with Armstrong's cross to Paul Dummett setting up the late winner.

It was an important victory for the side, who have been on poor form since the start of the campaign. 

Newcastle are yet to win a game in the Premier League this year, so their cup-success came as a big relief for everyone involved at St. James' Park.

They will be looking to capitalise on the momentum that they have from this victory now and quickly elevate themselves up the table.

Many Magpies fans will be hoping that Armstrong can play a big part in this, after proving his credentials last night.

Pardew has shown that he is not afraid to use the club's youngsters this campaign, with Rolando Aarons has already benefitted from this faith, and Armstrong will be hoping to be next in the queue to become a regular member of the first-team. 

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