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 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.