Coventry manager Tony Mowbray has talked about Newcastle’s young striker Adam Armstrong, and how he is inspiring some of his own players with his brilliant play in his first two games on loan, where he has already scored four goals.
The 18 year-old England U19 striker has been sent out on loan by head coach Steve McClaren until January to get some first team experience, and he has started very well scoring a brace in each of his first two games.
Adam Armstrong in action on Saturday
The local lad’s first goal on Saturday at Milwall, when he lobbed the ball over the goalkeeper, was something to see (video is below).
Tony Mowbray is happy he has got the young Geordie star for six months:
“I’m trying not to build him up because he’s 18 years old and he hasn’t done anything in the game yet so he needs to keep his feet on the ground.”
“And yet he’s almost a role model for our young players to see what the next level up is, and how hard they have to work at to become that good.”
“On the training pitch he is so fast, strong and clever with the ball – he’s above the level of our players and it’s good for me.”
“The Maddisons and Lameiras’s can look at him and think ‘Wow – and he can’t get near the Premier League so this is where I have to take my game!’”
“He made his debut at Newcastle United at the age of 16 and I think he’s made 18 first-team appearances so we’ve done really well to get him and I thank Steve McClaren for allowing that to happen.”
“Obviously they’ve bought a £15M center-forward and they’ve got lots of talent up front so I’m just happy he’s with us.”
“He’s a great lad who works as hard as all the others. On the training pitch he’s just an 18-year-old boy not a Premier Division star.”
“The good thing for me and the coaches is that he listens, tries to do what you ask him. When a coach comes up with a game plan and the players make it happen then you’ve got a chance.”
Adam has so far made 19 first team appearances for Newcastle, and made his debut only five weeks after he had turned 17 against Fulham in March of last year.
He’s currently played for all the England Youth sides from U16 through U19 and made 27 appearances so far for England at the various youth levels.
It would be great if Adam can keep up his good form and keep scoring goals for Coventry, and maybe help them in a promotion push.
Here’s some video of his goals on Saturday at Milwall.