Newcastle United turn to youngster Armstrong for Spurs quarter-final

Adam Armstrong
Adam Armstrong

TEENAGER Adam Armstrong is in line for another capital gain for Newcastle United – having played a big part in the club’s cup run.

Armstrong started the Tynesiders’ victories over Manchester City and Crystal Palace in the Capital One Cup.

And the 17-year-old striker could start tonight’s quarter-final against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

Manager Alan Pardew will freshen up his team for the tie.

However, Pardew is giving little away about his team selection ahead of the club’s second visit of the season to White Hart Lane, Newcastle having won 2-1 in the Premier League at the stadium in late October. “He played well at City,” said Pardew. “He’s a player I have a lot of expectation about, and whether he gets a start or not ... we’ll have to wait and see.”

Armstrong came off the bench late in Saturday’s 4-1 defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

One player who will definitely start is goalkeeper Jak Alnwick.

The 21-year-old will be in goal in the absence through injury of Tim Krul and Rob Elliot.

There had been speculation that 17-year-old Freddie Woodman would be handed his debut against Tottenham so as not to risk Alnwick ahead of Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby.

But Alnwick will keep his place in the team.

Pardew feels Alnwick has the right character to handle the responsibility, having likened his demeanour to that of former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper.

“His personality sort of works for a goalkeeper,” said Pardew. “He’s kind of laid back. He’s a bit like Steve Harper.

“If I’m a defender, I prefer that type of goalie, rather than a jumpy around one.

“He has been very confident and I felt for him on Saturday, when he was a bit exposed.”