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This Is Why Newcastle´s Top Youngster Will Stay Where He Is

9:55 am, Thursday, November 12th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 40 Comments

There´s news today that Wolves are one of a number of Championship clubs who want to take 18 year-old Adam Armstrong on loan when his loan spell at Coventry City ends in January.

The report is in the Chronicle and it´s hardly surprising that bigger clubs have become interested in the local lad who has scored 12 goals in only 14 appearances for Coventry.

That has propelled the club to 4th place in the League One table and just one point out of first place and an automatic promotion.

adam armstrong tony mawbray

Tony Mowbray and Adam Armstrong
The Newcastle lad had just scored
I love 
you Tony!

It´s not surprising the Sky Blues want to keep him at the club for the rest of the season,  because that could help them to get promoted back to the Championship.

The news is that Wolves have already held discussions with Newcastle about taking the England U19 International on loan in January – but we´d be very surprised if that happens.

This is what Steve McClaren said recently about Adam:

“I have spoken to Tony Mowbray, he is teaching him the right way and the right things. So he is in good hands.”

“January is a long way away. We haven’t focused on that, just the present.”

“We have players out on loan – Adam is one of them. He’s doing well and we are pleased.”

It seems that Steve McClaren has at least three options for Adam in January:

  1. Keep him on loan at Coventry for the rest of the season
  2. Send him out on loan to a Championship club
  3. Bring him back to Newcastle so he can help us add some firepower up front

He´s already settled in at Coventry and scoring goals galore, so we expect Steve to keep him there – and then see how he is in pre-season next July.

If necessary he can then be sent out on a six-month loan to a Championship club – and he will still be only 19 at that time.

We think Adam will be ready to fight for a first team place next season on Tyneside, so far better leave him where he is.

Adam is scoring goals, playing regularly, enjoying it, picking up confidence and being well coached by Tony Mowbray at Coventry City – everything seems to be going in the right direction – so why change it?

Adam could even help the Sky Blues get promoted – and that would be something.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Adam Armstrong · Coaching · Interview · Loan Moves · Newcastle News · Premier League

40 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 12, 2015 at 9:59 AM

    When he went the club said the plan was a Championship club in January. Don’t see any reason why that would have changed, and I think a Championship club is where he should head to.

    Goes on loan to Wolves as part of a deal for Afobe? Crashes with Willo, so that there is a person he knows that won’t rock the boat too much for him. Still in the midlands. Wolves seems a cracking fit in all honesty.

  • 2 Jib // Nov 12, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Would it ever come down to a choice between Kenny Jackett or Tony Mowbray being better for coaching Arma ?

  • 3 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Nov 12, 2015 at 10:37 AM

    Lilongwe…Arma seems to evolve quickly so I truly hope they’ll send him to a Champ club and not just any Champ club.

    Wolves does seem to be a perfect fit.

  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 12, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Yeah, that would of course be a consideration. Mowbray has obviously done well with him, after saying that the striker instinct had been trained out of him at NUFC, but Jackett has a decent reputation as a good development coach as well.

    Mowbray already has the relationship now, but I don’t think his abilities or the relationship outweigh the other benefits of Arma stepping up a level.

  • 5 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 12, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    He has done very well at Coventry, too well almost in my mind. 12 in 14 suggests to me the league isn’t pushing him hard enough and he should be working harder, for less goals at a more difficult level.

    We held him back last year, when in reality he should have been on loan at least for the second half of the season. He needs to step up, and push himself, rather than be comfortable at Coventry.

  • 6 SPRINGY // Nov 12, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    morning all
    cant see armo coming back this season unless we have injuries…good to see the lad doin so well at coventry tho…using him as part of a afobe deal may be something they are looking at…..i have’nt seen much of afobe but what i have seen he looks a decent finisher but cant say much else.
    as for de jong..
    maybe playing him as the attacking point in a diamond…something like this
    cant see how else de jong will get a regular place otherwise,unless perez is pushed out which we cant do and dont believe hes quick enough or gives the drive that gini or sissoko do

  • 7 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 12, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    I’d have real worries with that midfield being completely overrun. Based on what we have seen of those 4 at NUFC, we only have one player that will stick his foot in. The others are weak when we don’t have the ball.

    Really don’t see where he fits, unless it is as a false number 9, or the central player of the 3 in a 4231. But then you have to leave out one of Mitro, Perez or Sissoko.

  • 8 SPRINGY // Nov 12, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    i mean i dont believe de jong has the pace to play on the wings and that sissoko and gini drive us drive from back to front……just dropped a typo clanger in last comment

  • 9 Roosta // Nov 12, 2015 at 10:51 AM

    Leave Arma at Coventry, hes doing great, tell you what though, next season Arma Mitro n Perez could be tasty, Perez n Armstrong have top footie brains, would imo work great around each other, and Mitro would be in the middle of them feeding knock downs etc, could be awesome.

  • 10 BandB // Nov 12, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    A goal spree at Coventry will at least have dispelled any self doubts he may have been harbouring in the Spring, when he was stuck in a bit of a rut.
    So he should be high on confidence and itching to prove he can repeat it in a higher league.

  • 11 SPRINGY // Nov 12, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    unless they all graft it wouldnt work ya ryt but it would get the better players on the pitch but everyone would have to be fit and willing to work which like you say is not likely…cant see him startin then tbh

  • 12 BandB // Nov 12, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    De Jong hasn’t looked like an impact player.
    He has looked unfit, off the pace and low on confidence. In other words, in need of regular football.
    I think he was bought to be a key player in a plan that was shelved, and he’s now the odd piece you find in a jigsaw.
    He issn’t a bad player.

  • 13 SPRINGY // Nov 12, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    whenever armo used to come on for us he very rarely seemed to play in his natural position…plus the team were utter dross at supplying chances so would be canny to see how mitro perez and armo gelled tbh…..maybe the striker search is’nt as desperate as we thought it was for macca…just a thought with rivierre and toney about….think cisse away in jan or summer….doesnt seem interested at the minute

  • 14 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 12, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    When he went to Coventry, Mowbray came out and said he hadn’t been training as a striker, this club never ceases to amaze, and not necessarily in a good way!

  • 15 BandB // Nov 12, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    I’m pretty sure his heart will have sunk at being described as an impact player too.
    It’s a delicate way of saying “I’m not starting you.”

  • 16 SPRINGY // Nov 12, 2015 at 11:05 AM

    but tryin to squeeze him into this side is hard….only really 1 of the two cm places available in my eyes but if u take this position u’ve got to graft and tackle which is not what i can see him doin

  • 17 nightfa11 // Nov 12, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    We must do everything we can to keep perez for a few more seasons..why would we sell him to british Clubs, when theres just a matter of time before barca and real come knocking.. And when we do sell him, we already have a replacement in armstrong.. Our offence is looking good..

  • 18 SPRINGY // Nov 12, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    i didnt know that mate….another bollick dropping by the club and yet when he came thru they were saying he was one the most natural finishers at the club so they decide to ignore that and play him else where??……like u said.. never ceases to amaze what happens at this club at times!

  • 19 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 12, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    I’d like to see us play t433 with Perez and Arma either side of Mitro in the next year or so. Add Aarons to that group(if he can stay fit) and a back up/competition for Mitro such as Afobe and we are well set in attack for a good while to come. Provided we don’t sell the all at the first hint of profit.

  • 20 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 12, 2015 at 11:12 AM


  • 21 SPRINGY // Nov 12, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    im not convinced aarons will make it here tbh…..his injuries make him hard to rely on and thats allowing other players to push on ahead of him….which will frustrate him when fit….can only see him bein disgruntled and leaving unless he gets and stays in the side soon

  • 22 Lindisfarne // Nov 12, 2015 at 11:20 AM

    You’ve gotta luv Schtevies comments, accentuating the positives and attempting to eliminate the negative. The team need to latch on to the affirmative and don’t mess with Mister In-Between.

  • 23 BandB // Nov 12, 2015 at 11:29 AM


    I think McClaren is trying to put a positive gloss on it for a star player who probably doesn’t want to spend his (injury interrupted) prime on the bench at Newcastle.
    By star, I mean he probably came on assurances he’d be a key player.
    I agree. It is difficult to see who he replaces without an injury to another at the moment.

  • 24 BandB // Nov 12, 2015 at 11:34 AM

    Perez is very good in tight spaces. He is good at stealing possession and keeping it. Maybe the really top clubs will want to see an improvement in his end product before signing him. His final pass and shot is not consistent yet, though occasionally it is brilliant.

  • 25 BandB // Nov 12, 2015 at 11:38 AM

    On the other hand, they may feel that’s an improvement they can coach into him.

  • 26 Jail for Ashley // Nov 12, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    Do you really think he was bought with a playing style in mind, I thought it was more to do with the fact he was a CL captain going cheap that might come good with insurance paying the bills if he didn’t !

  • 27 BandB // Nov 12, 2015 at 11:59 AM


    I have a vague recollection of Pardew suggesting he was the last piece in the jigsaw, but I couldn’t swear to it. He was certainly a popular signing in most quarters and it was even suggested he was, if not a like for like replacement for Cabaye, then perhaps a kind of emotional substitute at what appeared value for money at the time.
    I’m not sure they would be pulling an insurance stunt with that kind of outlay, and there’s no evidence at all for it.

  • 28 BandB // Nov 12, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    I’m off out, so I’ll catch you later. The newspapers have come out down the Gentlemens’ Club. Harrumph!

  • 29 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Nov 12, 2015 at 12:07 PM

    If we had have got the De Jong who played for Ajax and totally dominated Man City home and away with his intelligent movement and range of passing we would probably have been looking at an upgrade on Cabaye in the no 10 position

    But he has not recovered from his injuries and he might even struggle to get back to being half the player he used to be !!

    I would loan him out 2nd half of the season to build his fitness levels back up and take a look at him over the summer

  • 30 TroubledToon // Nov 12, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    JD suggested yesterday that we loan out Arma to QPR which would definitely help in the Austin deal happening. I think that’s a cracking idea…

  • 31 Lilongwe Geordie // Nov 12, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    Not while Warnock is in charge!

  • 32 JDdubai // Nov 12, 2015 at 12:55 PM


    Very good point!!! forgot about that 🙂 Though hopefully they get a decent guy in before January.

    Maybe the same deal with Wolves for Afobe? Havent seen him play so dont know if he is good enough but 22rd old and scores goals.

    Wolves get cash + a replacement for this season
    We get a forward
    Arma gets Championship football

    Everyones a winner.

  • 33 Average_Contents // Nov 12, 2015 at 12:56 PM

    Firebug from a few threads ago

    Thanks mate. I’ll try and get some pictures to put on instagram when he meets Macmillan on Friday. I’ll be in work but I’m sure his auntie will get some.

    Hope all is well with yourself mate

  • 34 TroubledToon // Nov 12, 2015 at 12:57 PM

    O yea.. Forgot about that…
    The wolves idea is gud too… Plus we’d get to c how Toney and Arma link up

  • 35 TroubledToon // Nov 12, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    O crap… Toney isn’t at Wolves
    Wats wrong with my memory!!!!

  • 36 SPRINGY // Nov 12, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    isnt toney at barnsley?…..or did i red wrong?

  • 37 SPRINGY // Nov 12, 2015 at 1:00 PM

    read even

  • 38 SPRINGY // Nov 12, 2015 at 1:02 PM

    u had me second guessing myself there!haha… was barnsley he went to..aye?

  • 39 TroubledToon // Nov 12, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    U read rite Springy…
    Gimme a sec while I pull me foot outta me mouth 😀

  • 40 firebug666 // Nov 12, 2015 at 1:09 PM


    Yeah that would be nice having some pics of him with his award.

    I am not too bad marra, but off to the dentist in a bit. Hope all is well with you and yours.

    Wherever Armstrong ends up in January, I’ll bet he is part of the first team plans next year, I hope he does go to a championship club after Christmas and score lots of goals, this lad has No9 written all over him.

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