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Newcastle Youngster On Perfect Loan Move

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren is very pleased with the way Adam Armstrong’s loan spell at Coventry is going and it’s almost 100% certain that Adam will stay there for the full season – and hopefully help Coventry  get promoted back to the Championship.

Steve thinks that  Adam’s loan spell, where he has so far scored 12 goals in 14 appearances for the Sky Blues,  is almost the perfect loan spell for a youngster.

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Adam Armstrong – perfect loan spell

Sky Blues boss Tony Mowbray is doing a great job in coaching Adam who is one of the best young prospects at Newcastle for many years and Tony is also keeping Steve McClaren regularly appraised of how Adam is getting along.

This is what Steve McClaren has said about Adam’s loan spell:

“When I was at Middlesbrough it was important where all the players went. Were they playing? Good football? Right team? Good club?”

“And we’re looking at that at Newcastle as well.” “Armstrong’s a perfect example.”

“I talked to Tony Mowbray and he said: ‘Well he does this and we’re teaching him to do that and improve this.’”

“So I said: ‘Perfect. Perfect. Carry on.’” “And that’s good. Hopefully he comes back and we don’t need to do that.”

“He comes back, he’s played and we don’t need to teach him those things.”

It’s a win-win-win scenario – it’s good for Adam, it’s good for Coventry City and it’s good for Newcastle United.

And Newcastle announced today that former Coventry midfielder Gael Bigirimana will join Armstrong on loan at his former club until early January.

Comments welcome.

29 comments so far

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 16, 2015 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #1

    Ireland on way to euros. Come on you boys in green!!!

  • lesh

    Nov 16, 2015 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #2

    I know we don’t know how previous managers have managed outbound loans, but I like the way that McClaren appears to be monitoring young Arma’s progress at Coventry.

    It’s comforting that this loan’s very much for developmental purposes rather than our previous try before buy loans.

    Maybe the Club is moving forward under McClaren’s guidance?

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 16, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #3
  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 17, 2015 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Marveaux, de Jong and Cisse available after coming back from injuries, at least figuratively until the Internationals players return and start training.

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 17, 2015 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #6

    Mitro – V -Cisse?
    21 yo played 187 goals 73 = 2.56/game
    30 yo played 336 goals 138 = 2.43/game

    Totals / Averages:
    Mitro – games 28 mins.1,918 goals 6 asst.0 Y9 R2
    shot/game 2 success pass 73.2% aerial duals 2.4
    MotM 0 whoscored rating 6.51

    Cisse – games 179 mins.13,212 goals 76 asst. 9 Y20 R1
    shot/game 2.4 success pass 74.2% aerial duals 1.1
    MotM8 whoscored rating 6.71

    All that experience that Cisse has, Man of the Match performances and plenty of goals, he is only rated .2 better than the younger man. This may be due to his very inconsistent performances since his first breakthrough season at NUFC, where he has performed below his average ever since.

  • Bobbybee

    Nov 17, 2015 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #7

    Everyone else has their twopenneth so I’ll have mine. 21st century and people still fighting over their imaginary friend in the sky. If people must talk to their imaginary friends, why do they need to have organised religion? Doesn’t he listen unless your in church, or a mosque? All religion – every one – has its own hierarchy. Why? Power trips. Time the human race grew up and banned it from schools everywhere. You indoctrinate any child and you’ve likely got him for life. Don’t see many leaders strapping bombs to themselves do you? Be they christian or muslim fundamentalist. The clue’s in the name – mental. Continually teaching it only carries it to the next generation. You’re born, you live, you die. End of. And before any bull about it, WE, the average joe, get caught up in the middle of it and we’re sick of it. Grow up. Face reality. Leave us out of it. Both sides. To make it worse, they’re fighting about the same imaginary friend in the sky ffs! Ban it. All of it. Rant over.

  • lesh

    Nov 17, 2015 at 4:47 AM

    Comment #8


    Does following Newcastle United, or any team for that matter, constitute being a religion?

    If so, all fans have a common cause – lining the pockets of clubs’ owners!

  • will die for the toon army

    Nov 17, 2015 at 5:27 AM

    Comment #9

    We have no player from the bench who is brave enough to change the game.

    De Jong, Thauvin, Cisse. Those r our only options. The rest will ever play wen its an injury to a player there jst back up.

  • will die for the toon army

    Nov 17, 2015 at 5:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Tamas Kadar jst read his story and he wld b good back up.

    Lets not give up on Curtis Good. He is a good player.

    Vuckic, Ameobi and Bigi. I bet Bigi is coming out on Top. Ameobi as his brother will stay at NUFC but Vuckic wld draft him to become a Mitrovic back up he has the height strength and age.if not we let him go.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 17, 2015 at 6:08 AM

    Comment #11

    Our Toon,
    I’m not a muslim I was raised as a Roman Catholic, but to say I practice or follow any religion would taste a lie. I don’t mind the outpourings of grief, my deepest sympathies go out to those affected by the Paris attacks. But it frustrates and annoys me when nobody is bothered that there are suicide bombings in Beirut and Baghdad, or that Assad has killed hundreds of thousands or the 147 students that were killed in Kenya earlier this year, or the West Point mall shootings in Kenya, or the American bombing of a Medecins Sans Frontier facility in Kunduz – and the continuation to bomb after MSF had contacted the General in charge and Washngton. My sympathies go out to all the innocent people that are affected by any such attack, not just those in the west.

    One attack on the west is a tragedy, hundreds on Middle East and African targets is seemingly at worst, acceptable and at best just seen as the norm. The faux outpouring of solidarity by changing your Facebook profile to a French flag is embarrassing. I left the blog with the post about the minutes silence for Paris, did we hold one for Beirut and Baghdad as well? Or any of the other atrocities? The potentially genocidal troubles that are building in Bigi’s Burundi? How about a minutes silence for all innocent victims of terror attacks and war atrocities, rather than just Paris.

    One of the best things about Malawi is the harmony in which people live. Muslims and Christians live side by side with zero animosity at all. They will happily pray together in the same locations as they believe both are similar as they are one god religions. How is that for a refreshing change? Maybe those in positions of power and/or influence should stop being colossal asshats and we could all just get along.

    Anyway, that’s my tuppence worth, and I won’t be debating any more on this medium regarding this topic.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 17, 2015 at 6:15 AM

    Comment #12

    Good to see Bigi heading out on loan. It will be interesting to see if this is the end of the road for him here – I imagine it likely will be. If he hasn’t had a look in this year when he has done reasonably well for the reserves and we have used Goofy in centre mid twice, then it would appear judgement has been passed.

    It will hopefully mean that that areas has been identified as one to strengthen, McClaren babbled on abut the good partnerships developing, but I didn’t see that from Colback and Anita at all. That would be Abeid, Kemen and Bigi all out of the door in the last 6 months, first team and the development group probably need strengthening in that case.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 17, 2015 at 6:26 AM

    Comment #13

    As for Kadar, it didn’t work out for him here, it has elsewhere. It happens a lot in football. Shearer didn’t get through a trial at SJP, Raul was turned down by Atletico as a kid, Messi was turned down by a few clubs as too small.

    Kadar is an okay defender, but I guess if he had stayed we would likely be asking for an upgrade on him anyway.

    As for Curtis Good, I think he is done for really. He is at an age where he needs to be named in future squads, and he has done nothing to suggest he will be up to it. Even his loan spells away were not anywhere near as successful as they were made out to be. A Wembley appearance and winners medal I think, but he was a sub mainly for the league.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 17, 2015 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #14

    I would appear to be on my own, what next to discuss with myself….

    I’d like to see a 433 against Leicester. They will attack us and leave gaps at the back, they have done against everyone all season. The back 4 virtually picks itself, unless Haidara is back fit. The midfield would be Tiote, Gini and then A.N.Other. Take your pick really, if Haidara played full back, I’d probably select Anita, if Dummet does I’d probably give Sissoko a chance. Up top, Thauvin and Perez running the channels and getting in behind with Mitro as the focal point.

    The alternative is playing De Jong in the midfield who is far more adept at playing passes which break the lines. That could suit Thauvin and Perez as they move in behind.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 17, 2015 at 6:46 AM

    Comment #15

    Good morning Lilongwe! 🙂

    …and good morning to you Ron when you decide to show up!

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 17, 2015 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #16

    Good morning jesper

    The big one tonight for Denmark!


    If you’re still around, what do you think of Haidara? I’m not impressed, myself.

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 17, 2015 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #17

    De Jong will look to leave unless he’s drafted in somewhere, you’d imagine. He is of course a genuine first team player, although perhaps not for us. Perez’ emergence creates a big problem for him, and McC, because they both appear natural number tens. So yeah, De Jong in for Anita, at home, might be a temptation. But of course the concern would be would you then have a midfield that mightn’t hold it’s defensive shape or track back enough, fatal for us, but De Jong surely can be persuaded to play to instruction, and surely can cover more than one position.

  • Reyantoon

    Nov 17, 2015 at 7:05 AM

    Comment #18

    I’m Muslim as well.But I don’t like religious stuff be discussed on a football blog.I have no interest in politics.Some people lost their head to bring those stuffs last night I suppose.

    Our Toon – surprised to hear u are a Muslim as well because I thought of you as typical British person the way u discuss and debate on here.
    welcome to my world 🙂

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 17, 2015 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #19

    Neither of our left backs impress me that much. Haidara is quick and with a decent left boot, but I really don’t see him as anything other than a very average full back. He has had a few setbacks through injury whilst here, most notably the common assault from McManaman. I’m not sure what it is about him, but he appears to get caught in big tackles regularly.

    I think it needs an upgrade, but I wouldn’t say it is a priority. Neither Dummet or Haidara are good enough long term (unless they improve significantly) but both are okay and will do a decent job in a team that functions as a team and is laying with a bit of confidence.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 17, 2015 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #20

    Ron…it’s definitely a big one tonight for us!

    …we have to show up this time.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 17, 2015 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #21

    The reservations you have with De Jong not giving us enough defensive solidity would be the same as mine with Sissoko in there. I think at home we should be comfortable enough to play with Wijnaldum Tiote and one of De Jong or Sissoko. My only caveat is if we play Haidara and Janmaat at full backs we would want both getting forward to provide width in a 433 which means we would need extra cover in midfield. That would be where I see Anita or Colback fitting in.

    With Dummet at left back at home, then we should be playing 2 more forward thinking midfield players and looking to open up the opposition.

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 17, 2015 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #22


    With Haidara, bags of energy is no substitute for skill, I’m afraid.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 17, 2015 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #23

    No but it covers the deficiencies. Average, but not a priority to replace him for me.

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 17, 2015 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #24

    Lil, I’m suggesting we might play all 4.

    …Sissoko…..De Jong……Widj

    That a pretty impressive collection of names at least, but it might be a very brave or even foolhardy move considering our league position. I’d still like to see it.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 17, 2015 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #25

    I think that leaves too much on Mitro, and he will be isolated once more. I think the players we have are suited to a 433, if we can get a top midfielder in then even more so.

    We haven’t got top wingers – Thauvin maybe if he comes good, but other than that we are lacking, so I struggle to understand why we play with wingers.

    Thauvin and Perez could both play as old fashioned inside forwards with Mitro as the focal. The crosses into the box either come from narrower with Thauvin and Perez getting in behind or from width provided by full backs.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 17, 2015 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #26

    Reyan…was that your way of taking the morale high ground?

    Jimmy…one of the big concerns here at NUFC despite who the manager is we always seem to be looking for a winning team where the same 11-13 players fight it out in a never changing formation and the Captain is the first pick.

  • firebug666

    Nov 17, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #27

    Hopefully we will clear out some of the deadwood in January and replace some of them with players who are prepared to take the lead on the pitch, encourage and push our players forward as I think this is what we are missing.

    We have some good players, a couple of great players in the squad, but sadly we have no one to lead them, when one player starts to drop off during a game it’s not long before the others start to follow, this is because we don’t have a player out there to have a word and pick that player back up, and re-energise the team.

    Mitrovic works on getting the fans going, and the fans respond, raising the volume levels, now we need someone on the pitch to get the players going.

  • Offkey

    Nov 17, 2015 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #28

    Some of the chat on here not related to football does nothing but incite racism. Reyantoon and our toon that’s especially for you.

  • Our Toon

    Nov 17, 2015 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #29


    Sounds very refreshing mate, I can’t understand why it is so hard for all to live together and in peace….maybe it has to do with power and money.

    Dok apologies mate for yesterday evening I was directing anything towards you buddy.

    Offkey – inciting hatred by saying lives in other parts of the world mean just as much as those in western countries? Please tell me how that’s inciting hatred?

    Reyan I’m British by birth so if I come across as anything it’s being a British Geordie Muslim mate 🙂

    Anyway let’s continue with the footy debate….think we’ll find it tough against Leicester at the weekend, Janmaat and sissoko will have to keep Mahrez and vardy quiet as they love that LW


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