Shearer pining for Armstrong opportunity

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer believes Adam Armstrong should be given an opportunity in United’s first team next season.

Newcastle: Shearer pining for Armstrong opportunityNewcastle: Shearer pining for Armstrong opportunity

The Magpies were relegated from the Premier League last season but have managed to retain the services of manager Rafael Benitez, who decided not to exercise a clause in his contract that allowed him to leave St James’ Park this summer.

Several players are expected to come and go over the new few months as the Spaniard looks to mould his own team whilst also cutting the huge wage bill.

Benitez may decide to give some of the youth players a go in the first team next season and Shearer, who is the all-time Premier League top goalscorer with 260 strikes, hopes Armstrong is one of them.

The 19-year-old scored 20 goals in 40 League One appearances on loan at Coventry last term and has been backed by the former Magpies captain to shine in the Championship.

“I think he [Benitez] will certainly have a look at him,” Shearer told the Shields Gazette. “He’s had a brilliant season, he’s scored goals – and in doing so did something Newcastle weren’t able to do.

“It might have been different leagues but I’m sure he’ll want to come back and show what he can do. Hopefully heÂ’ll be given the chance to do that.”

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