Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

United Will Regret It If Arma Is Forst to Leave

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

United Will Regret It If Arma Is Forst to Leave

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Byline: SUPERMAC Shooting from the lip

MAY I make the strongest of pleas to Newcastle United - don't turn Adam Armstrong into another Fraser Forster.

In other words, make Armstrong's future here, right now this coming season, and don't let him escape to make a name for himself elsewhere.

The similarities are amazing - Forster was a local lad who joined United as a kid, was farmed out on loan supposedly to gain experience, did very well, yet was sold on.

Forster became a superstar first at Celtic and then Southampton.

He is England's No 2 goalkeeper going into the Euros and I feel positive he will take over from Joe Hart in the very near future.

As for Armstrong, he scored a pile of goals at Coventry City last season but must now be kept and put in United's team for the upcoming campaign.

He must not be messed about, farmed out again and eventually sold.

The step-up is perfect for him - from League One to the Championship.

This lad has also done it at various age group levels with England.

He is ready and the fans are desperate for another local hero like Alan Shearer and Jackie Milburn.

The question for me is not whether Armstrong can handle it but whether Aleksandar Mitrovic is capable of playing target man alongside him with enough craftiness and a calmness of temperament to be a success and fashion promotion at the first attempt.

I know Rafa Benitez has notworked with young Armstrong as yet but I am sure he will be casting an expert eye over him in pre-season both on the training ground and in matches.

I know what I would do - I would call in Adam for a chat, tell him he was playing in the first 10 games and ask him how many goals he thought he would score. I bet the answer would be positive.

I used to treat young players like that when I was manager of Fulham. Promise them a run so they did not feel everything hinged on one game and then take them out of the firing line just as they were to hit the brick wall. …

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