Rafa Benitez Opts For Loan Deal For 19 Year-Old

The Scottish Sun is reporting today that Glasgow Rangers have targeted a loan move for Newcastle’s young 19 year-old local striker Adam Armstrong.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton is after another striker, with Martyn Waghorn having picked up a hamstring injury, and Adam Armstrong is reported to be in the manager’s sights.

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Adam Armstrong – 19 year-old young Newcastle striker

Rafa may not want to send Adam out on loan to another Championship club, so a season in the Scottish Premier League may be the answer – as long as Adam gets enough playing time north of the border.

It’s also not surprising that several Championship clubs in England want the England U-19 International.

Rafa has hinted before that it may be best to send Adam out on loan for the coming season.

This is what he has said recently about the youngster, who nevertheless wants to stay on Tyneside and prove himself this season:

“I will be very honest, we had a Championship team asking to take him on loan, and I think it could be good for him.”

“He is a young player looking to prove himself in our team, when we are trying to win every single game, and that will be difficult,”

“I was trying to be honest with him. Adam came to my office and he said: ‘No, I want to try and stay here and for you to give me a chance.’”

“I told him: ‘OK, no problem, you will stay here and we’ll decide in two-to-three weeks and see where we are.’ “

“But he knows my opinion, he knows my idea, but we will decide in the coming days because I want to make sure we do the best for him but also for the team.”

Adam should understand that Rafa will do what’s best for him and he has had 30 years of coaching experience with young players – so Rafa knows what to do with youngsters.

We do think Adam will go out on loan this season and whereas a Championship club would have been best – Newcastle will not particularly want to loan him out to another club in the same league, so a loan north of the border is a possibility.

Rafa needs to make a decision on Adam within a couple of weeks, but we think it’s now almost certain he will opt for a loan deal for Armstrong.

Of course if he scores a hat-trick for us on Saturday against Huddersfield that could change things.


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