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There’s Some Uncertainty Over Adam Armstrong’s Future

8:21 am, Monday, June 6th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

Adam Armstrong spent last season on loan at Coventry City when he scored 20 goals in League One in 40 total appearances for the Sky Blues and he will return to pre-season after he competes for England in the U-19 European Championships in Germany this summer.

We thought the 19 year-old local lad would be ready to fight for his place in the Newcastle first team next season, but if he is not ready for that challenge, then another loan deal, but one step up in the Championship may have been a good option.

But with Newcastle now relegated to England’s second tier, that may not be such a good option so we will have to see what Rafa Benitez thinks is the next step in Adam’s development.

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Adam Armstrong – in action for Coventry last season

What happens will also depend on who Newcastle bring in this summer and the news is Rafa wants at least one new striker brought in with Newcastle closely linked with Fulham’s Scottish striker Ross McCormack.

There was also news yesterday we may be interested in young Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford.

One this is certain – Adam has to be playing regularly somewhere, so he can keep developing his skills.

Last season at Coventry was a great experience for the youngster and he progressed well playing every week in the first team.

The Chronicle is reporting today that former Newcastle player and coach Lee Clark would be interested in taking Armstrong on a season-long loan to Scottish Premier League club Kilmarnock.

While the SPL is only rated as the 25th best league in Europe, he would get regular playing time in Scotland and would be well coached by Lee Clark – himself Newcastle born and bred.

And with Rangers back in the big time there are four top matches he could play in to get added experience.

But the main thing is to get Armstrong playing time and after Rafa takes a look at him in a shortened pre-season, the former Liverpool boss may decide he’s good enough to be part of the Newcastle first team squad this season and be able to give him sufficient playing time.

What do you think?

Comments welcome?

Tags: Adam Armstrong · Coaching · England News · Newcastle News · Newcastle Youth

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 NoahJ // Jun 6, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    It makes perfect sense to me to let him go out on loan until January, and then depending on how we’re doing, consider recalling him then. I would rather that than him sat on our bench for 6 months (I can’t see him starting over mitro, perez and the new striker whoever that will be).

    If mitro and/or perez leave, then obviously I would want him to stay

  • 2 Bobbybee // Jun 6, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    I bet Lee Clark would love to take him on loan, but that would clearly be detrimental to Arma’s career. If he’s not going to get a start now, he might be better off moving ffs and there’d be plenty PL teams willing to take him off our hands. Arma is the future of NUFC and i don’t believe for one second that an experienced coach like Rafa won’t see what an increasing number of us are already seeing. He needs a run in the first team, nothing more, and the goals will start to flow. I can’t believe for one second that Rafa will send him back out on loan once he’s had a look at his videos nd worked with him in training.

  • 3 Bobbybee // Jun 6, 2016 at 8:35 AM

    Noah, he’s a better finisher than both those put together mate. You only have to look at the quality of his goals to know that. They’ve missed enough chances to get us relegated and once he gets his place in the team, there’ll be no looking back.

  • 4 Jib // Jun 6, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    Juventus has dropped their interest in Janmaat it would appear – Inter and Napoli are now both sniffing around.

    They scent a bargain because of our relegation but may be disappointed.

    The strange thing is Inter would effectively be using Janmaat to replace Santon !

    I wonder does Davide’s lass fancy a return to Tyneside ?

  • 5 Bobbybee // Jun 6, 2016 at 8:45 AM

    Jib, anyone expecting us to panic sell is in for a surprise. Not happening is it? I’ve no doubt that some will insist on going, but even those will only go on our terms. Whether by accident or design, Ashley has us self sufficient and that leaves us with a winning hand. Make us an offer they can’t refuse, if they want him that badly.

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