Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray has revealed that Adam Armstrong went back home to Newcastle over the weekend and went into the club on Sunday and talked with Newcastle´s new manager Rafa Benitez.
Exactly what was said is not known although there have been rumors Adam may be recalled from his Coventry loan spell, but only if some of our strikers cannot start taking some of the chances they keep getting – and missing.
Adam Armstrong – sent to Coventry on loan for season
This is what Mowbray has told the Coventry Telegraph:
“Arma was back there on Sunday, and went and spoke to Rafa,” “He was given two days off after the match on Saturday and went home with his family.”
“And I think he went in off his own bat. I don’t think he was called in. Bottom line is he’s a Newcastle player.”
“I haven’t spoken to anyone at the club and if anyone is going to it will be Coventry Technical Director Mark Venus speaking to their MD, Lee Charnley.”
“But he has been up there, been in the building, seen the manager and is back here in training, so it doesn’t appear as if anything is happening.”
“At this moment, as we sit here now, there doesn’t seem to be any recall.” “I think Rafa realises he’s got 10 games and that’s his senior squad.”
“I watched them against Leicester on Monday night on the telly, and I thought they were unfortunate not to get anything.”
“I am not sitting here overly concerned, because I don’t think he’s going to be recalled. And if he does then we’ll have to get on with it.”
“If he gets called back this week we would look at the loan situation, I’m not sure there’s another star player out there, but we would just want to bring in another option.”
Being a local lad Armstrong was probably as delighted as the rest of us about the Benitez appointment and wanted to go home and go into the club on the off chance he could talk to Rafa.
And it looks like it could simply have been Rafa taking the opportunity to meet with one of Newcastle´s top young stars and having a chat with the 19 year-old.
Rafa will be all too aware that Adam has scored 19 goals in 32 appearances for the Sky Blues this season and he has demonstrated many times how you put the ball in the back of the net.
The only way we see Adam being recalled this season is if our five main strikers, who are all fit now, still have trouble scoring goals – but it would have to be Newcastle doing really poorly for Rafa to recall the Newcastle teenager.
If we stay up it will be interesting to see how Rafa handles Adam – and whether he sends him out on loan next season or thinks he´s already good enough to fight for a first team spot next season.
After all, the Chapel House youngster couldn´t have done much better on loan at Coventry this season.