Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez will take a close look at Adam Armstrong in pre-season and make a judgement as to whether he’s ready for life in the Newcastle first team squad in the Championship next season.
Newcastle will make an attempt to get promoted straight back to the Premier League next season.
The 19 year-old local lad did quite well on loan last season in League One – England’s third tier – when he scored 20 goals in 40 total appearances for Coventry.
Adam Armstrong – at Coventry last season
Coventry manager Tony Mowbray not surprisingly wants Adam back at Coventry next season and in an interview last week he gave a good analysis of how Rafa will decide whether Adam is ready or not for the Newcastle first team squad this coming season.
This is what Tony had to say:
“Only Rafa will decide whether he lets him go to another team in the Championship who he doesn’t see as a threat to Newcastle United, or will he send him back to us because it was a good experience.”
“Adam quite liked it and his agent and parents are happy with him coming here because they know he’ll get looked after, and off we go again.”
“But we have to wait for Newcastle. They know our interest, as they will from 15 or 20 teams interested in him, which is great for them and great for Adam.”
“It’s going to be Rafa’s decision but if I was Rafa Benitez, why on earth wouldn’t you start pre-season with Adam Armstrong training with them.”
“He’s his player, he pays his salary so why wouldn’t he watch him for a week or two in training and see what he does.”
“See how he integrates into the group; see if he’s a shy little kid or come back a man and banging in goals in training.”
“After he’s done that he’ll make a decision.”
“If his decision is he’s got some talent but is probably a bit young and needs more stick-on players and will spend £8M on a center-forward from Spain – then Adam might go out again.”
We need goals next season and we are hoping the England U19 International can breakthrough to the first team under Rafa Benitez.
But the Spanish manager will know what’s best for the teenager and if it means going out on loan again – then so be it.
We have very high hopes of what Adam can achieve at Newcastle in the coming seasons.