HUNGER GAMES – Adam Armstrong is busting to succeed at Newcastle Utd

HUNGRY ... Adam Armstrong.
HUNGRY ... Adam Armstrong.

NEWCASTLE United starlet Adam Armstrong is “hungry” to succeed next season – after a dream year for club and country.

The 17-year-old made four substitute appearances last term in the Premier League, and earned rave reviews for his performances for Newcastle’s development teams.

Armstrong starred in Newcastle Under-18s’ run to the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup, scoring five goals in United’s four games in the competition.

After his impressive season at club level, he then helped England’s Under-17s win the European Championship in Malta, scoring twice in the tournament as he earned a winner’s medal alongside Magpies team-mate Freddie Woodman.

Armstrong could find himself competing with a new set of strikers at Newcastle next season, with the club seeing forward additions as a priority this summer.

Spanish 20-year-old Ayoze Perez has already been brought in, but Papiss Demba Cisse – who is currently injured – and Yoan Gouffran are the only other senior strikers on the club’s books.

The likes of Bafetimbi Gomis, Danny Ings and Pierre-Michel Lasogga are among the strikers who have been linked with a move to Tyneside this summer, but Armstrong and fellow teenager Adam Campbell should get their chance to impress in pre-season.

After his taste of first-team football last season, Armstrong is now keen for more, and eager to build on the positive impression he has left so far.

He said: “The first-team experience from last season has made me much more hungry.

“It was great to get on against Fulham for my debut in March, and then for the other games as well.

“It has been a great year, with everything that has been going on.

“I just want to keep pushing for a first-team place next season.”

Armstrong suffered an ankle injury in England Under-17s’ European Championship semi-final win against Portugal, meaning he was forced to watch the final from the bench.

However, the youngster is expected to be fit for pre-season, with Newcastle set to travel to New Zealand and Germany next month.