A few years ago Adam Armstrong was one of the best young players we had coming through the club and was scoring goals for fun.
He had played for all the England Youth sides through U20 and was having a lot of success.
His loan move to Coventry for the 2015-2016 season was excellent, and he scored 20 goals in 40 appearances for the Sky Blues.
But his next two loan moves – to Barnsley and then to Bolton – both Championship clubs – were not as successful.
Adam Armstrong – may not have a future at Newcastle
At Barnsley, he scored 6 goals in 35 appearances and at Bolton, for the first half of this season, he scored 3 goals in 23 appearances.
He’s been on loan at Blackburn since January and Adam’s done a lot better with 7 goals in 12 appearances, but that’s in League One where he played for Coventry.
Adam could find it difficult to have a future at Newcastle.
He has described to Sky Sports how he keeps in touch at Newcastle and how he will assess things this summer:
“Obviously they’re concentrating on the Premier League which is a massive thing so hopefully, they can stay up.
“I keep in contact with the U23s coach now and then, but I’m focused more on getting my head down and doing well for Blackburn.”
“It’s been hard to get to a game this season but I’ve got a lot of good friends there and I always check the results because I’m still a massive fan.”
“The plan is to go back in the summer and assess the situation because I’ve still got two years left on my contract.”
“I grew up watching Alan Shearer, who is probably my hero from childhood, but I’ve always looked up to Wayne Rooney.”
“I’ve had a few chats with him and he’s helped me out a lot.”
“When I see him he just tells me to keep working hard, keep making runs like I’m doing and then things will work out for me.”
“It’s great of him to do that.”
We hope Adam can make it at his hometown club, but it could be difficult for the 21-year-old.
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