On Tuesday afternoon, Adam Armstrong continued his push for a first-team place with another fine performance for Newcastle’s second string side.

The 17-year-old striker scored twice and was easily the best player on the pitch as a Newcastle XI ran out 4-1 winners over a Burnley XI. Facundo Ferreyra opened the scoring and youngster Callum Roberts wrapped it up.

With Newcastle’s first team struggling for attacking threat, the form of Armstrong must surely be in the forefront of Alan Pardew’s mind.

Armstrong has already tasted first-team action this season, playing the full 120 minutes of the Capital One Cup victory over Crystal Palace. Armstrong also made two assists – the second being a stunning cross for Paul Dummett’s winner – and received huge praise from his manager.

Perhaps the only thing holding Pardew back from throwing Armstrong into Premier League games is the experience factor. Armstrong has only made four substitute appearances in his fledgling career but has never found a step up in quality a problem in his career so far.

Armstrong has represented England at under 16, 17 and 18 level and has adapted brilliantly. He has scored twice in two games for the under 18’s after netting 10 in 12 for the under 17’s – en route to clinching the European u17 Championships earlier this year.

Having said that inexperience might hold Armstrong back, it’s worth remembering that Pardew was prepared to turn to 18-year-old Rolando Aarons earlier this season, only to see the Jamaica-born winger to suffer a hamstring injury on international duty.

Aarons also enjoyed a stunning performance against Crystal Palace – this time in the league – and was set for a starting berth ahead of Yoan Gouffran, only for injury to postpone his starting debut.

With the likes of Remy Cabella and Gouffran misfiring, youth could well be the way forward for Pardew and Newcastle United this season.