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Newcastle Reported Tracking 24 Year-Old Championship Striker

8:07 am, Thursday, June 16th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

Adam Armstrong scored 20 goals in League One for Coventry last season while on loan and the 19 year-old finished 5th in the scoring charts.

Top of the League One scoring charts last season was William Grigg with 25 goals and there are reports Newcastle may be interested in signing the 8 times capped Northern Ireland International, who turns 25 next month and plays for Wigan.

William is currently with the Northern Ireland squad in France for the Euro 2016 tournament.

william grigg

William Grigg – 24 year-old Wigan striker

William scored 28 goals in 43 appearances for Wigan last season in helping them get promoted to the Championship, with former Newcastle center-back Gary Caldwell now the manager.

The season before he was on loan at Milton Keynes and scored 22 goals in 50 appearances.

So he has been able to score the goals albeit in the lower divisions and his previous clubs were Brentford and Walsall.

Normally you wouldn’t think he could make it in the higher divisions, but the case of England International Jamie Vardy last season was a real eye opener.

Jamie played for Halifax Town and Fleetwood up to four years ago before he joined Leicester City back in 2012.

Then last year he hit 24 goals in 36 Premier League appearances at the age of 29, so it’s possible for players to come through late in their careers.

We are sure that Rafa Benitez has looked at the lower leagues in England for some talent and will take a hard look at local lad 19 year-old Adam Armstrong in the pre-season  before deciding whether he should stay at Newcastle for next season or go out on loan again.

It would be timely if Adam can come in and score goals for us next season in the Championship – we need some real goalscorers.

We’d be surprised if Newcastle are showing interest in William Grigg, but Rafa knows a good player when he sees him, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

Certainly at least one striker will be brought in this summer by the Spanish manager and maybe even two.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 16, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    I like Danny Ings as a player but he is another striker that is not prolific the amount of chances he missed when at Burnley in the premiership was insane ! Would have been us who were relegated that season if he was clinical !

    Hes been injured since then so it would be a big doubt that he has suddenly improved his strike rate as much a risk putting our hopes on him as Mitrovic and Perez who need to learn how to finish properly !

    Would take Ings on loan and then get another senior striker who can guarantee us 20 goals in this league

  • 2 Toon_Tom // Jun 16, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    Just been reading the last few articles/comments…

    How on earth is Sissoko valued at £20M ???

    He is probably worth no more than the bargain price we picked him up for. Terrible human, has 1 good game every couple of months, expects to be playing in the Champions League. I hope he does end up at West Brom. what a kick in the teeth that would be for the superstar!

  • 3 Jib // Jun 16, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    I think LCBP is going to utter the dreaded C—–E A—-N words any minute !

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Jun 16, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    Wish we’d took a chance on Jordan Rhodes before Boro did, no danger of him not banging them in pllaying in a good team.

  • 5 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 16, 2016 at 8:32 AM


    Ha ha hes like the Candyman utter his name 3 times and he will appear in the mirror …..

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Jun 16, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    I don’t know either, he might have been lucky and the only time a club of his dreams have watched him was in one of the half a dozen games where he’s played well over the last three years. I really hope for his ego’s sake that the only clubs that come in for him are non CL mid table hoofers, he might get his dream of CL football if Bate Borisov fancy taking a punt on him, I don’t know if his missus would like the shopping in Belarus though.

  • 7 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 16, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    Personally wouldn’t mind seeing us getting Ross Mccormack and Danny Ings and then getting that young Spanish striker as well !! Essentially replacing Cisse , Doumbia and Riviere !! Job done !!

  • 8 Spoof // Jun 16, 2016 at 8:33 AM


    I get what your saying and yes he did struggle when Burnley went down but could that not be due to playing in a struggling team with the knowledge that he may not get that many chances to score, when it’s like that most strikers, even the most prolific tend to snatch at their chances which holds then back, look at Ian Rush’s goals record, with Liverpool and a dominant side where he knew that if he missed another chance wouldn’t be far away, as a result a relaxed Ian Rush scored for fun, but look at his record before and after his Liverpool days and his record is pretty much average and we can’t put that down to inexperience followed by being past his best because he left Liverpool had an average record to then return to Liverpool and score for fun again to then leave and be once again average, now I accept that we aren’t the Liverpool side that Rush played in but for next season I do hope that we could be the Championship’s equivalent and I would expect Ings to have a field day if he was with us.

  • 9 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 16, 2016 at 8:37 AM


    Oh yeah totally I do accept that which is why I would take Ings on loan but also think we need another senior striker as well who is currently on top form and prolific

    Just looking at the difference Defoe made for Sunderland it pays to have someone who can handle the pressure and finish chances when they come to them !

    I mean I expect that we will be dominating every team at St James so we should hopefully be creating lots of chances !!

  • 10 Spoof // Jun 16, 2016 at 8:50 AM


    Defoe, wouldn’t it be fantastic to get him here, sorry for going off on a total tangent but that would be absolutely fantastic.

    Back on track, apart from McCormack are there that many who fit the bill, and McCormack is a tad expensive, having said that a natural goalscorer is a rare breed so I suppose you have got to pay the going rate, which is probably the reason we are where we are due to us not being prepared to pay the going rate for a goalscorer.

  • 11 carl // Jun 16, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    You could well be right about dominating clubs at The Cathedral. I can see a number of sides parking the bus and getting players behind the ball. With that in mind pace and creativity would be required.
    Townsend and Aaron’s and good delivery into the box. In the absence of Cabaye then Shelvey with Tiote and Colback would be a good balance. Injuries/ suspensions aside o can see Mitrovic getting 15-20 goals but I would like a strong, quick and direct ST.
    I see a role for Adam Armstrong but it’s asking a lot to see him hitting the ground running with goals
    Defensively we need 2 CB’s and a full back. Clearly all of the above is variable depending on any departures. Above all else we need a balanced squad after years of lacking cover as yesterday’s long running saga of CB’s v Norwich testified.
    When you look into your crystal ball just what do you see for the coming season?
    No rush I am sure it’ll be worth waiting for.

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