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Newcastle Could Have Future Superstar On The Books

8:58 am, Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 19 Comments

Newcastle haven’t started the Premier League very well,  and after a good first game at home when we managed to hang on for a 2-2 draw against Southampton, we were well beaten at Swansea on Saturday, when we were completely outplayed for those first 20 minutes, and then had Daryl Janmaat sent off before half time.

That was worrying because we  suffered in the second half of last season through indiscipline, which led to a number of long suspensions that hurt the club.

adam armstrong aftre scoring coventry at milwall

Adam Armstrong acknowledging crowd on Saturday at Milwall
Where are they?

But there’s one thing that’s cheering up Newcastle fans at the moment and that’s the terrific form of local lad Adam Armstrong and not only has Adam scored two goals in each of the first two games on loan at Coventry,  but he’s also been voted the Man of the Match in each of his first two games – and by a wide margin too.

Tony Mowbray the Coventry manager is an experienced manager (Hibernian, West Brom, Celtic, Middlesbrough) who has been around the block a few times, and he had this to say about Adam who is making big headlines in Coventry:

“He’s playing for a massive club and struggled to get a game, but I would say whoever’s playing for Newcastle must be a hell of a player to keep this kid out of the team.”

“I’ve managed in the Premier League and the defenders are all quick and massive. It’s a different kettle of fish with him, but we’re delighted to have him here.”

Newcastle have a 24 hour recall clause in Adam’s loan contract, and we will have to see how he continues to perform at Coventry.

But maybe his good form is another reason why Newcastle seem to be unwilling to pay £15M for Charlie Austin and with news yesterday Newcastle may simply pull out of the race for the England striker, having been linked with him all summer.

If Adam continues to score goals for Coventry and plays well Steve McClaren may even recall him in January to give him some first team appearances for the club.

However, if Coventry are fighting for promotion it could be good for Armstrong to stay and help the Sky Blues get promoted.

It could be that Newcastle have a very good striker ready to challenge for a first team place next summer, and he’s a local lad too.

Adam has already made 19 appearances at Newcastle and he’s still only 18.

As we’ve seen with Slovenian International Haris Vuckic it’s always very difficult for any player to  fulfill the sometimes massive potential they have when young, and football can be a risky business.

But on the other hand some do make it to the very top, and with Adam, it’s looking like we may have a future (super) star on the books.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Adam Armstrong · Loan Moves · Newcastle Academy · Newcastle News · Newcastle U21 · Newcastle Youth

19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Aug 18, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 Ron Knee // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:07 AM


    Looking at your squad list, how many of our players are really good enough?

    I make it about half a dozen: the three new signings, Perez, Aarons, Janmaat & Anita (if I’m being kind).

  • 3 Our Toon // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:08 AM

    All scouts get it wrong, even Barca and Madrid’s. Got to remember we very rarely get his 1st choice, if he was at a club with more finances then players like Riviere etc would never make it on his list!! He’s not great, he’s not miracle worker either though!!

  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:09 AM

    Let’s not get carried away. The last thing any young player needs is huge hype and expectation placed on their shoulders as they are still learning the game. Only very few, the really exceptional talents, manage that expectation. Many others drift off into obscurity after failing to handle the added pressure.

    Yes, an excellent start out on loan – at the same age Harry Kane managed 5 goals in 19 games in League 1. Arma looks like he will surpass that comfortably. Hopefully it continues, and he can move to a Championship club in Jan to continue a steady progression.

    Next season will largely depend on how he gets on in the second half of this. If he gets a good Championship move and keeps scoring then he may be worth looking at for the first team next summer, but a better move would likely be another Championship loan. A lot will depend on the clubs dealings over the next 2 windows. Cisse is likely to go, Rivi is not up to it, so we will need centre forwards, or Arma to be ready.

  • 5 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Easy now Ed!

    …at least give the kid 6 month or more before you put him up on the pedistal for all of us to bring him down!

  • 6 TheToonKing // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Armstrong will never be a “superstar”. I don’t think he’ll ever be good enough to start in the premier league. He’s at his level now and playing good.

  • 7 the broons // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Our toon

    However Carr was great couple seasons ago when he was scouting the likes of cabaye and co. Yeah he’s made some flops i.e. amaflatno who just wasnt anywhere near good enough. But I feel like a lot of people count players like Cabella and even Gouffran. Yeah players that haven’t done particurlary well for us but were good in the french league.

    What he needs to do is start using a little bit more of his noggin and realise the players that are made for the prem and ones that aren’t. Personally I feel Mbemba and mitrovic are made for the prem.

  • 8 the broons // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:15 AM


    Maybe so but the kids only 18 still plenty of time for him to establish himself further. He could maybe go to an championship team next year and see how he does there. If he does well again then he must definitely be pushing for our first team.

  • 9 Our Toon // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:15 AM


    Kane has had the physical attributes to make that step up, and even now he’s scored 2 goals in his last 18 competitive games. Armstrong looks very promising and hopefully isn’t burdened with the weight of expectations

  • 10 the broons // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    lillongwe geordie

    That makes a lot more sense than the toon fans saying he isn’t good enough and equally the ones that were saying start him every game!

  • 11 nut meg // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    Armstrong only turned 18 in February & your writing him off as a PL player!!

  • 12 Our Toon // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:19 AM


    No matter who is signed no one truly knows if they are good enough for the prem or if they’ll adapt. Look at Di Maria, even better look at Torres….went from Liverpool to Chelsea for 50m and was a massive dud, Ozil is another I think the lads a dud but Wenger spent so much on him he won’t drop him. Yes he had a decent game for once but more often than not he’s pants. Soldado, Balotelli etc

    Every transfer is a risk

  • 13 hibbit // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    toonking give the kid a chance you can only beat the team in front of you i dont think you have seen much of him other then the odd minutes in the first team and that did not do the kid justice

  • 14 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Our Toon,
    Kane may be taller, but a couple of years ago he looked like a stiff breeze would blow him over. They are two very different styled players, but the point is more to show that people saying he is at his level, or he won’t make it based on last season are not seeing the big or full picture.

    He is very highly rated within the FA and the England setup, as well as Newcastle. He has scored 4 very good goals so far, demonstrating pace, movement, composure and awareness. All we could have asked of him in this loan spell, and it is only 2 games old. He has a long way to go, definitely, but he is going about it the right way, and for once the club are doing the right thing by loaning him out.

    Time will tell, but a good spell at Cov and a good spell in the Championship and then we can see where we go from there.

  • 15 Our Toon // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:30 AM


    I get what you mean but my point was more in regards to Kane being in his 20s and more or less developed himself and grown into his body. Armstrong is still a kid who will hopefully grow further and fill out

  • 16 martoon // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Too many people are too quick to write off players. Quite often when we’ve played Armstrong it’s been as a sub for the last 10 minutes and quite often when we were chasing the game and sometimes even on the wing (ala Pardew). So it’s really unfair to judge – using the same criteria that means Mitrovic is a crock of sh*t too so let’s get rid before the window shuts eh! 🙂

  • 17 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Our Toon,
    Arma was 17 when he made the majority of appearances for us! He will fill out, doubt he will get much taller. He will be developing physically every match in League 1.

    Berahinho is more slight, so maybe he would be a better comparison, at the same age Berahinho was scoring 6 goals in 14 appearances in League 2, before moving to league 1 and scoring 4 in 8. The following season saw him manage 2 in 10 in the Championship.

    The point is these loans help them develop. The fact he is making a success of his is very promising. Carroll got more red cards than loans on his loan spell to Preston, but came back a better equipped player.

  • 18 sparky55 // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:42 AM


    You’re right…but we have bought in some quality so things should improve.

    I think I forecasted 9th / 10th as a finish in the poll we did a couple of weeks ago and I think we’ll do well to do that…the major factor in that is SM’s ability to make the sum total of the parts greater than individual pieces…and that won’t be easy with too many spineless frogs in the team.

    We’re stuck in that third tier of the premiership.

    Top five is the top five.

    You’ve then got Spurs, Southampton, Stoke, Liverpool and Everton fighting for next five spaces and we’re in that bunch beneath them because that’s what our squad is capable of in comparison to the rest.

    We’ve bought fairly well but so has everyone else…in real terms we’ve slipped down the pecking order a bit

  • 19 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 18, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    *more red cards than goals….

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