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.
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?