Barnsley have just announced the signing of top young Newcastle United striker Adam Armstrong on loan until January, 2017.
We thought he was moving to a Championship club this morning but we thought that was going to be Rotherham United – but we were wrong about that one.
However, it’s good that Adam is moving to a Championship club after having a great loan spell at League One club Coventry last season when he knocked in 20 goals in just 40 appearances.
Adam Armstrong with Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom
Here’s some of what Barnsley have just announced:
The Reds fought off a whole host of suitors for the prolific goal scoring talent and we are delighted to welcome him to Oakwell.
The strikers stunning ability to finish has seen him score a complete range of goals from close-range finishes inside the area, to long distance strikes.
He has the talent to use both feet when taking chances, as well as the ability to springboard off the floor to score headers.
A hugely successful loan spell at Coventry City in League One last season saw the striker net 20 goals in 40 appearances!
Having come through the Newcastle United academy, Armstrong is highly rated in the game and has represented England at international level across multiple age groups, scoring a huge amount of goals in the process.
Armstrong has been capped 36 times for England between the age ranges of the Under 16s to the Under 19s, scoring an incredible 23 goals in a glittering start to his career.
Adam has played 36 times for various England Youth sides with those 23 goals.
When we announced it was Rotherham earlier today, that was OK because they were a not a threat for promotion at 4th bottom of the league, but Barnsley are 3rd top at the moment – one place above Newcastle on goal difference.
So Adam will be playing in a good team – but of course he will not be allowed to play against us – and initially the loan deal is only through January and Rafa has the option of recalling him then.
It’s an excellent move for the young Newcastle striker, who has enormous potential and of course is a local lad from Chapel House estate.