Adam Armstrong will return to Newcastle in pre-season after spending a really successful loan spell at Coventry City last season, where he performed extremely well for the Sky Blues and scored 20 goals in 40 appearances for the club.
The good news for Newcastle is that Adam was well managed by Coventry manager Tony Mowbray – and he will have improved a lot with that experience of playing first team football for a full season.
Adam is a potential star player in the making, although we have had local lads in the past look great at his age but have then faded away.
Adam Armstrong – exciting prospect for the Magpies
But with it almost certain that Rafa Benitez will become the permanent manager of the Magpies early next week, the former Liverpool manager could quickly have Adam playing in the Newcastle first team next season.
Here’s what the 19 year-old has said in The Sun:
“Newcastle is my club and it’s who I want to play for. I want to work really hard in pre-season and try and get into the gaffer’s mind.”
“I went to Coventry as an 18 year old and I think I needed that in my career.”
“I had played a lot of U-21 football and made 15 league appearances for Newcastle, five minutes now and then, and that was a massive experience for me as well.”
“But the step up from U-21 football to League One was massive. You are playing competitive football when you come out on loan, while U-21 is about producing players and playing the right football.”
“So it was really good for me and we’ll see what happens next season.” “I have played for England since I was 15 and I have come all the way through the ranks.”
“We have got the Euros in July and we won that with the U-17s two years ago in Malta.” “So we need to retain that and I think we are well capable of doing that with the players we have got.”
Unfortunately, Adam’s pre-season at Newcastle will be interrupted with his England Youth duties, but Rafa will already know all about him and will have no doubt watched film of Adam scoring those goals for the Sky Blues.
Some of those were terrific goals and the Chapel House lad looks like a natural goalscorer and has often been compared to a young Wayne Rooney.
If Adam can get anywhere near to what Wayne has achieved in his career, we will have a top player on our hands at a very good time for the Newcastle United football Club.
We need a new local hero in the team.