ADAM Armstrong’s emergence is proving to be the one bright spot for Newcastle United this season.
And the striker could get more chances in the first team before the season is out.
The talented teenager made his home debut in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Swansea City.
With misfiring United again lacking ideas and inspiration up front, manager Alan Pardew turned to Armstrong, who has an abundance of energy and enthusiasm.
It was the 17-year-old’s third substitute’s appearance for his hometown club.
Armstrong - who signed a professional contract at Newcastle last month - is set to again be involved in the club’s visit to the Emirates Stadium on April 28.
Pardew feels the experience that Armstrong, prolific at Under-21 and Under-18 level as well as England’s Under-17 side, is gaining will prove invaluable.
And the 52-year-old won’t have any qualms about handing him another run-out against Arsenal.
“It’s important that he gets experience,” Pardew said. “He’s a player with technical flair.”
Armstrong, from Chapel House, Newcastle, achieved his boyhood dream when he replaced midfielder Dan Gosling nine minutes from time against Swansea.
“It felt amazing to get out there,” said Armstrong, who is expected to be called up by England for the summer’s European Under-17 Championships.
“Like I always say, it’s a boy’s dream to play at St James’s Park, and I’m really happy.
“But at the end of the day it’s about the results and we didn’t get that, so everyone’s gutted.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle take on Blyth Spartans in the Northumberland Senior Cup final at St James’s Park tonight (7pm kick-off). Peter Beardsley’s side beat North Shields and Whitley Bay on their way to the final.
Admission is £6 for adults and £3 for concessions.