Newcastle teenager Adam Armstrong’s played his way into Alan Pardew’s Tyne-Wear derby plans

BRIGHT ... Adam Armstrong.
BRIGHT ... Adam Armstrong.

ADAM Armstrong’s good enough AND old enough to play for Newcastle United – and closer than ever to Alan Pardew’s starting XI.

Armstrong’s set for his first taste of a senior Tyne-Wear derby tomorrow.

The teenager came on for the last hour of the club’s 4-0 Capital One Cup defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in midweek.

Armstrong, 17, livened up Newcastle in the final third of the pitch and created a couple of opportunities for himself.

And United manager Pardew won’t be afraid to pitch the forward in against Sunderland.

“It was nice for Arma to show to our fans that he’s not just about workrate,” said Pardew.

“When the moment comes, Arma’s going to be a big player for us.

“In the second half of the season, even Sunday, he could get a much bigger slice of the action.

“He had two or three of our best moments, which he created more or less himself with his runs. That was a bonus.”