Newcastle’s Young England Star Seems To Have No Future On Tyneside

It wasn’t so long ago that we were expecting Adam Armstrong to be a big star at Newcastle, but that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.

Adam has been a  regular in England’s youth teams through the U20 side and in 49 England games, he’s scored 30 goals – a terrific goalscoring record.

For the last two seasons, Adam has been hoping to be part of the Newcastle first team squad, but he has been sent out on loan by Rafa who didn’t think he was ready for first team action at Newcastle.

Last season he was at Barnsley and scored 6 goals in 35 appearances for the Tykes, and this season he is on loan at lowly Bolton Wanderers, and he scored his first Championship goal over the weekend in the Trotter’s 2-1 win at home to Norwich City.

That’s Adam’s first league goal in 14 league games so far this season, and he has a total of 3 goals in 17 total appearances.

Adam Armstrong – struggling for goals on loan at Bolton

After Adam did so well at Coventry on loan when he scored 20 goals in 40 appearances in the 2015-2016 season these are disappointing goalscoring figures from the 20-year-old Geordie striker.

With the standards at Newcastle going to improve significantly with Rafa in charge of the club in the Premier League, and with potential new owners before the end of the season it doesn’t look like Adam has a future at his hometown club.

We hope we are wrong on that because we want to see youngsters come through the system.

But it’s looking that way.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

94 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 6, 2017 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #1


    Previous thread, your spelling mistake makes a lot of sense. 31 (at least) pints if things haven’t changed by Xmas will be what I’m aiming for. 🙂

    Re Armstrong bring him and Toney back let’s give them a chance can’t be any worse than the present incumbents. Adam scored a good goal at the weekend.!!

    I have only seen the highlights on MOTD of the match and don’t know if we were as bad as it looked on them. Only just got around to catching up on the blog as it was all so depressing to see we’d lost again, don’t really know why I expect otherwise after over 60 years of the same.

    Now if I figure where the tunnel ends I might just be able to see a light, nope still don’t see it.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 6, 2017 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #2

    Another team not playing to his strengths, who’s fault is that now, why wasn’t he sent out to a slick passing team at the top of the table?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 6, 2017 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #3


    I suspect that there’s a strong hint of irony in that comment but for the past few years we’ve constantly been outplayed and out passed even last year, by supposedly lesser teams.

    There has been elements of better play this year but not over a whole game, we often seem to be hanging on and having to do some desperate defending, why can’t we play good football over 90 minutes (ever), is it something in the genetic make up of Toon teams or what. I find it very baffling and frustrating.

  • Tsunki

    Nov 6, 2017 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #4

    You think the weekend couldn’t get any worse. Then Belfast finds his way back onto the blog. Oh well 🙂

  • hibbit

    Nov 6, 2017 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #5


    simple really bolton were the only club in the championship that asked about him,
    it was them or league one unfortunately he’s not going to make it with us

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 6, 2017 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #6

    Sadly this is what a few of us had said previously. I couldn’t see how , as a pure striker, he would fit into a 4231 under Rafa , in the same way as Gayle seems to be struggling, although did well the other night. We’ll have to hope for the best. Fine player though , great finisher.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 6, 2017 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #7

    Re Saturdays game, the radio commentators said rafa was still playing 4231 not 442. Any thoughts on that from those who were there? if he didn’t change it much last season I cant see why he would go 442 now. Although maybe he did, allowing for the fact that Joselu is poor.

  • Belfast

    Nov 6, 2017 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #8

    Is Bobbybee still in exile ? This article is bait.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 6, 2017 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #9

    After seeing Tsunkis car leave from ouytside his house in Richmond, Bobby decides to go to the pub with his mate Ernie.

  • toontaff2

    Nov 6, 2017 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #10

    Did this article register on the Richter Scale? 😮

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 6, 2017 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #11

    If they were playing with either Joselu or Gayle as a No 10 and lone stiker it was hard to tell which was which, I’d say it was a 4-4-2.

  • hibbit

    Nov 6, 2017 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #12


  • AncientC

    Nov 6, 2017 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #13

    The system against Bournemouth looked the same as it had done all season, although difficult to pin down exactly, as the side changes shape and interchanges depending on what is happening on the pitch. Ayoze Perez has been playing far enough forward alongside Joselu for it to look like a 4-4-2 in previous games.

  • Mag52

    Nov 6, 2017 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #14

    Gayle up there with another striker is worth persevering with.
    He scored a good goal on Saturday, only to have it ruled out.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 6, 2017 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #15

    Fair enough Jail. Surprised though. We had a decent first half but backed off them second half . I was shouting at the radio to get Mitro on and try something new . Its possible that rafa has his pets . I still like Perez but just wish Mitro could have a go. He’s no Shearer but worth a lash. I don’t buy the argument that rafa needs players to play to a game plan, in such a way that Mitro is too thick to stick to it. But if u don’t follow rafa, he’ll kill you – mbemba is an example.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 6, 2017 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #16

    Thing is, I don’t mind the football we are playng. its perfectly acceptable. Its just that we need to enforce ourselves more. Merino a big loss but I think Mitro would give us spirit

  • hibbit

    Nov 6, 2017 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #17


    if we had a player who could put the ball in the net we would be in a far better position
    we have made the chances but we failed to convert which is disappointing

  • beermonkey

    Nov 6, 2017 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #18


    it would be more of a worry if we were not creating
    the other good thing is our set piece takers shelvey and ritchie can put in a 50p piece

  • Tsunki

    Nov 6, 2017 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #19

    Nice haircut Belfast. Ever see that story about the hairdresser who used a poster of the NK leader?

    Unless you are hailing your hero you might want to have a good excuse ready for Mr Kim’s goons. 🙂

  • hibbit

    Nov 6, 2017 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #20


    i total agree
    just a shame the amount of chances we miss

  • Tsunki

    Nov 6, 2017 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #21

    For ages our midfield was crying out for creativity and for a while Merino virtually replaced that black hole of negativity. Shelvey is not an alternative, much of what he does bypasses the midfield altogether.

  • Tsunki

    Nov 6, 2017 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #22

    Still setting off fireworks i see. Lidl must have had a clearance sale 😐

  • Tsunki

    Nov 6, 2017 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #23

    We’ve actually got some decent crossers now but we haven’t got a big CF to latch onto them, we are relying on our CB’s to jog the length of the pitch and back for set pieces.

    Joselu has managed a few headers, some have been unlucky not to go in, but atm his confidence isn’t picking up. Rather than trying and failing again with mitrovic I’d rather see Joselu get a couple of good goals and his confidence, but I can’t see that happening. We don’t have a top striker at the club and despite bobby’s insistence Armstrong seems to have found his level. Hopefully in January we can get a striker in and a creative midfielder so we don’t have to endure Perez every week or we will be on a sledge downhill after that.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Nov 6, 2017 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #24

    Hibbit just got the car back horse power
    Up to 348 with twin stainless steel de cat exhausts mate its a beast now well worth the money

  • Belfast

    Nov 6, 2017 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #25

    You got any trick nuts Runaway?

  • Our Toon

    Nov 6, 2017 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #26

    Mitro has only really had a fair run in the team in his first season. He managed 9 goals and assisted quite a few as well.

    It’s pointless hoping something will change by selecting joselu over and over again. Albeit joselu played as the no10 at the weekend hence Perez coming on for him. If we continue to bury our head in the sand and stick with a player that’s never been prolific in his career then we will end up doing what Boro did. Well organised but no bite

  • Jib

    Nov 6, 2017 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #27

    That wasn’t fireworks
    Just seen these guys chasing Belfats

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 6, 2017 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #28

    Just had a check on our points total after 12 games (Man Utd 12 games) and what we ended up on at the end of season.

    season 2013-14 12 games – 20 pts
    New Years day 18 games -33 pts
    End of season 38 games 49 pts

    season 2014-15 12 games – 19 pts
    New Years day 19 games -26 pts
    38 games 39 pts had to win last game at home to make sure we stayed up

    season 2015-16 12 games – 10 pts
    New Years day 19 games -17 pts
    38 games 37 pts relegated before last game

    Lets hope we can get some points in before the transfer window and in the transfer window NEED A goalscorer at least, as it is going to be a struggle.

    Points I think we will pick up – going to be tough – 6 points 3 against Brighton and three draws West Brom, Watford and Everton rest struggle to pick up any but hopefully we can sneak a win

  • Jib

    Nov 6, 2017 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #29


    That should be

    You got any trick nuts Runaway – good bro ?

    ha ha worra dick

  • Tsunki

    Nov 6, 2017 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #30

    Ha that’s got to be you this time Belfast 🙂

  • Jib

    Nov 6, 2017 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #31

    Unless there’s any news on the sale front
    the next two weeks are going to be torture

  • Belfast

    Nov 6, 2017 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #32

    Yeah fair point with the last picture.
    I don’t want any polonium in my next Americano. Peace!

  • Tsunki

    Nov 6, 2017 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #33

    I predict a few attempts at my old consecutive post record. When shirebrook gets it right I think he’s in with a chance.

  • toon kk

    Nov 6, 2017 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #34

    Our toon
    We’ve been like Boro all season and and half of last season, well as soon as other teams last season worked us out.
    We’ve had no cutting edge ever since Ba left, and it shows week after week.
    As for Joselu he’s no better than Riviera.
    What a waste of money.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 6, 2017 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #35

    Toon kk
    Spot on with your Toon and Boro summing-up – My worry is teams have sussed us out – home or away score the first goal then we’re knackered, yet most games this season we have created the better chances just cannot put the ball away.

    anyone think Cook shopuld of been sent off second half for pulling back Gayle when being last man ???

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 6, 2017 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #36

    In being in exile a euphemism for being carted off to the lunatic asylum.

    Matron – if you are reading this do not let him see this article he’ll go mental.
    What’s that I hear you saying – he’s already mental.
    Fair point I suppose.

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Nov 6, 2017 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #37

    I see Belfast and Jane are photographed together. Let’s hope Jib can hold it together.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 6, 2017 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #38

    My main problem with us at the moment is when we go a goal down we get beat without laying a glove on the other team it was the same last season as well

    Rafa seems to run out of ideas or seems reluctant to go for broke early which means we need a perfect defensive performance to keep the scores level and if the other team scores late on we are buggered

    I think the lack of squad rotation is causing an issue some players look knackered , some like Shelvey are cruising and our subs don’t look sharp or confident

  • Our Toon

    Nov 6, 2017 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #39

    Toon kk and Charlie

    It’s what I’ve been saying for the past few games, it’s like watching Boro from last season, organisation is great but we need to at least give teams something to think about rather than concentrate on stifling them and ourselves by hoping we pinch a goal.

  • Tsunki

    Nov 6, 2017 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #40

    Tbf i think the main problem halting squad rotation is there’s not much to rotate. Jesper would have nightmares with this lot 🙂

    I don’t think shelvey cruises as much as some think, if you keep your eye on him he looks like he is wandering but then suddenly he gets into a space and he’s lost his marker who’s gone for an ice lolly or the paper because he’s got bored wandering around with him lol. I think the stats show he puts in a shift. Not at all in the same way as Ritchie who runs himself ragged and covers quite a bit for the slightly over-hyped Yedlin who has good attributes but slack positioning and a tendency to be not much use going forward, particularly in the last third, a constant NUFC cursed position.

    I think Hayden just about holds his head above water in this league. Clark will come on better now LeJeune has kept him out for a few games, I think he needs to come back in and let Lejeune sweat it on the bench, Clark and lascelles are still the best communicators in central defence.

    Like a few others, i don’t know what Gamez did – scratched Rafas car, or if he put his feet on his coffee table or what but he looked a better lb than anyone else this season. Weird that.


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