Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez will have 20 year-old local striker Adam Armstrong back for pre-season training, but it doesn’t look like Adam is ready to fight for a first team place next season at Newcastle.
Since we play Barnsley in our last game on Sunday afternoon and Adam is ineligible his loan move is now over at the Tykes.
Adam will try to convince manager Rafa Benitez in pre-season to include him in the squad, as he did last year when he was loaned out to Barnsley for what turned out to be the full season.
Adam Armstrong while on loan at Barnsley
Adam did extremely well last season when he was on loan at League One club Coventry where he scored an impressive 20 goals in 40 total appearances for the Sky Blues.
But this season in a step up in class he was able to notch only 6 goals in 35 appearances for the Tykes and that has to be a disappointing return for one we have very high hopes for.
It’s likely he will be loaned out to another Championship club for next season, but it looks like Barnsley may not be interested in taking him back.
The Mag today looked at various comments from Barnsley fans about Armstrong and some of them were not complimentary and some even said he was lazy and one said he was a waste of space.
Of course you can always find negative comments as well as positive ones, but the genuine surprise was that most were not too positive.
The question becomes whether Adam will go the way of some of our other very promising local lads like Adam Campbell and not make it at his home town club.
We are hoping that’s not the case but we do think it will be difficult for Adam to make the Newcastle first team squad for next season unless of course he is outstanding in pre-season.
That would be good.
He is now 20 years old and time to make his breakthrough at Newcastle United.
Here’s a poll we issued on April 19th.