Rafa Benitez is looking at bringing in at least one experienced striker this summer, with the number one target looking like it’s Ross McCormack of Fulham, but the release price in his contract of £15M seems a bit steep for a 29 year-old.
Newcastle have 21 year-old Aleksandar Mitrovic, who should be a lot better this coming season after notching nine goals in his first season in England in the Premier League.
Adam Armstrong while on loan at Coventry
His physical style of play is well suited to the Championship and we also have 22 year-old Spanish U21 International Ayoze Perez who has skills galore, but we expect Papiss Cisse to be sold this summer – probably to some Chinese Super League club.
Manu Riviere is simply not good enough for Newcastle and probably will be sold this summer after two woeful years on Tyneside.
This is what Alan Shearer has said about the young Newcastle striker today:
“I think Benitez will certainly have a look at him.”
“He’s had a brilliant season, he’s scored goals – and in doing so did something Newcastle weren’t able to do.”
“It might have been different leagues but I’m sure he’ll want to come back and show what he can do.”
“Hopefully he’ll be given the chance to do that.”
And recently Coventry Director of Football Mark Venus made it known the club are very willing to take Adam back on loan at the Sky Blues after he did so well for them last season.
He even believes it would be better if he spent another season in League One – but of course he’s biased there.
This is what Mark said:
“I think if Adam Armstrong was going out on loan again next year we would be stupid not to want him back – we’d welcome him back with open arms.”
“Everyone has a different opinion on what’s best for his development. I think it was a hard season for Adam, physically, last season that took a lot out of him.”
“With his international trips as well it was a physical learning curve for him and I think the Championship is another step up, physically, for a footballer.”
“So I think that a progression might be if he comes back to League One and does even better than he did last year, and then he’ll only be 20 if Newcastle get promoted and then he could go into the Championship with two years of first team football under his belt.”
“What if he goes to the Championship and doesn’t do very well? He might be coming back to this level at 21/22. These are all situations that managers, coaches, representatives have to judge for themselves; they have to dictate what’s best for these footballers.”
“So I think everyone has to decide what’s best for the player and then, invariably, he will make the decision himself. But I would be careful stepping up too early into leagues that are pretty taxing, pretty demanding and pretty physical.”
“And if Adam was to go out on loan again I think the manager would have to say, and from my point of view I think we should be interested in re-signing him because I think he was excellent for us.”
Well there’s Coventry’s pitch right there for taking Adam back for another season and you cannot really blame Mark Venus for that.
But Rafa Benitez is the one who will decide what to do with Adam – and it’s good that Rafa has so much experience in bringing young players through the ranks at various clubs.
He’ll know what’s best for one of the best youngsters we have had at Newcastle for a long time.
Adam will return late in pre-season from England U19 duty, so Rafa will take a look at him and see if he’s ready for the Championship at that time.
We’ll leave the decision to Rafa.