While Newcastle’s promotion effort comes to what we hope will be “mission accomplished”, we will take a quick look at one of our top youngsters. Adam Armstrong has spent the entirety of this season on loan at Barnsley though we have to admit with disappointing results.
Hopes were high for the local lad to push on and show discernible progress after his encouraging loan spell at Coventry the season before. At Coventry, Adam bagged 20 goals and some in spectacular fashion. Though this season, not so much.
Adam Armstrong – Did you see my debut goal at Preston?
While his flair for class finishes was still present, it was on display far too little to still be as encouraged about Adam’s future in the first team.
In over 30 appearances for the Tykes, 20 of which were starts, Adam has only managed 6 goals in the Championship. The step up in competition coupled with the drop in production is quite concerning.
We would expect that Adam will again be loaned to a Championship side next season (though probably not Sunderland) before Rafa gives him a shot in the first team. We hope that Adam can push on and become a key member of Newcastle’s future.
So far the evidence of that has been conflicting, but he still has time to become a Geordie legend.
Here is a glimpse of what Adam can bring. It’s his debut goal for Barnsley.