Adam Armstrong has made a terrific start to his six month loan spell at Coventry City, scoring five goals in his first three games and being named the League One Player of the Month for August.
And it looks like Coventry manager Tony Mowbray is so pleased with what he’s seen of Adam, that he’s looking at another Newcastle youngster and has had Alex Gilliead at the Ricoh Arena, to take a look at the 19 year-old winger.
Alex Gillead – Coventry interested?
Alex plays for the England U20 side, and has been training at Coventry with a view that he could go on loan there at some point after the emergency loan window opens tomorrow.
Tony Mowbray had this to see about Alex:
“Alex has gone back for now.” “He was with us for a week or two but wasn’t allowed to play any games because it was in a hectic period of Saturday(and Tuesday, Saturday and Tuesday and a lot of the training was game preparation.”
“So I didn’t see him play in a game, so he went off with the U-20s and I said I’d watch him play for them and in some U-21 games back at Newcastle.”
“I’ll keep an eye on him really. He’s a very, very fast wide player and Adam obviously knows him very well because they’ve played in the same team together for a while with Newcastle U21s.”
It may take some time before Tony makes a decision on Alex, but as he says, Gillead has already played a lot with Adam, and therefore he could link up well with the young striker, if he was sent on loan to Coventry.
And if Alex does go on loan, either at Coventry or with another Football League club it would be very good for him, so he gets some first team games under his belt.
It does seem that Steve McClaren is a big believer in sending out the Newcastle’s top youngsters on loan, which is what the top clubs do to bring their youngsters through the ranks.
Alex Gillead was born in Shotley Bridge in County Durham, and he signed scholarship forms with Newcastle in the summer of 2012.
He’s a very good young player and has represented England at U16, U17, U18 and U20 levels.