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It Looks Like The End Of The Road For This Newcastle Youngster

The Sun are reporting today that Adam Armstrong can leave Newcastle permanently this summer.

The transfer fee placed on the head of the 21-year-old is £3M, and Adam becomes the latest local lad who cannot make the grade at his hometown club.

Adam had so much promise just a few years ago especially after finishing his loan spell at Coventry in League One two years ago when he scored 20 goals in 40 total appearances.

But his two subsequent loan spells at Barnsley and Bolton did not go well.

Adam Armstrong – on loan at Blackburn this year

He did go on loan to Blackburn in January, and he scored 9 goals in 21 games for them to be promoted back to the Championship after a single season in League One.

Adam has played for all of the England Youth sides from U16 to U21 level and in total made 54 youth appearances for England with 31 goals which is an impressive record.

There will be clubs interested in the striker, and maybe a move to a League One Club where he seems to excel would be a good move for Adam.

It’s not really a surprise that he has been let go by Rafa Benitez who never seemed to rate the England U21 International.

It’s sad that Adam’s leaving, but that’s life sometimes – things can be difficult.

Comments welcome.

97 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jul 20, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Disappointed for him

  • Mindshaft

    Jul 20, 2018 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Shame for Arma but his last two loan spells have been very poor against lower league opposition – still,he’ll make a few grand a week at a lower championship or league one club looking to avoid relegation or promotion

    Well so far a very depressing transfer window, we can’t even get players we don’t want out the door
    Mbemba, Mitro, Ritchie ?
    Obviously there is no chance of Colback going anywhere unless we end his contract and pay him up

    Nobody will buy us for 300 million , we have an idiot for a chairman who refuses to spend competitively with likes of Brighton , Huddersfield, Fulham, Wolves
    Clearly it’s going to be a long season fighting relegation

    How depressing

  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 20, 2018 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #3

    Wouldn’t surprise me if Blackburn buy him. Good luck to the laddo.

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 20, 2018 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #4

    Micky, I think Blackburn and Tony Mowbray would be a great move for him and them. Funny how certain managers just ‘get’ certain players.

    I wish him well if he leaves, I’ll be happy too if the stories are a load of old twaddle and he sticks around.

  • Jib

    Jul 20, 2018 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #5

    Surely if Nottingham Forest want Colback that
    much they should pay up his contract ?
    It’s got to be less than £2M

  • bettyswallocks

    Jul 20, 2018 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #6

    Just goes to show how desperately hard it is for these homegrown youngsters to make the breakthrough . He has played for England at every youth level and scored some good goals and yet Rafa doesn’t fancy him to make the necessary step up to PL level.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 20, 2018 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #7

    All Mike Ashley had to do to avoid unrest was back (or just trust) the best manager the club is likely to ever get. Instead, we head into the new season with fear, unrest and instability – not what anyone wants.
    It will be the same next January and next summer.The discussions and debates because nothing will change except Rafa won’t be here

  • Little h

    Jul 20, 2018 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #8

    Blackburn and geordie strikers tho

    Good luck to him hopefully he proves him self

  • G

    Jul 20, 2018 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #9

    Whilst I still believe there is light at the end of the tunnel transfer wise (Either that or some bugger with a lamp and more bad news!), I must admit it’s starting to turn into squeaky bum time. Come on, get the 5 other players Rafa wants in, and at least make the club look like a good investment prospect for buyers.

  • Little h

    Jul 20, 2018 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #10

    Unfortunately the light at the end of the tunnel is normally the old bill telling you your tresspassing and these mines are private

    Prehaps an unfortunate metaphor

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jul 20, 2018 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #11

    I had a good friend who died in a helicopter crash going out to the rigs funny how good ones get take early but fat twat like ashley dont maybe one day his helicopter my take a dive one can hope.

  • BeeGuy

    Jul 20, 2018 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #12

    Someone needs to ask NUFC management just when the coffers are projected to contain enough cash to buy like the average teams. Is it a year from now? Five years? We need a clue…..

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 20, 2018 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #13

    Jesus RUNAWAY777, that’s a bit beyond the pale son.

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 20, 2018 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #14

    So, where are Rafa and the lads? I thought they were having a day off from training after the St Pats match and were supposed to be back on it yesterday. Do I have that wrong or did that happen and we just haven’t seen any photos?

  • magscar

    Jul 20, 2018 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #15


    He doesn’t fly himself and a crash could involve non passengers – try something less sensational as you strive to show you hate him more than most on here.

  • posada

    Jul 20, 2018 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #16

    Arma needs to play at the age of 21.
    It’s a young mans game and that age is not that young anymore.
    He needs to be a big fish in the pond even if the pond is smaller.
    Find a club that play a style he fits into. A club that want to play to his strengths.
    I would not go to the lower leagues if he cannot find that.

    Go anywhere in the world.
    Portugal, Switzerland. Look how Mbabu has progressed.
    Don’t think he will though. Home grown players don’t seem to be able to.

  • magscar

    Jul 20, 2018 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #17

    There are many times I read posts on here and think if that was prefaced by the name Jib
    there would be an outcry on here and other (particularly the absolute anti- Ashley brigade with hardly anthing else to post) posters are just hearted or ignored – says it all 🙁

  • jonnyshaw85

    Jul 20, 2018 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #18

    Hi everyone,
    Not been on for a while.
    Away on holiday in Tenerife and looking at stories whenever I get the chance but already not very optimistic on signings.
    Just seen a story on sky sports linking Everton with Welbeck for £15m surely worth Newcastle looking at him for that price?

  • magscar

    Jul 20, 2018 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #19

    Couldn’t be bothered to post in last few days as it is the same old same old. Still trying to keep the faith but am beginning to think we desperately need a good signing or for Rafa to a bit more explicit about how things are to ease the growing tension and speculation.

    I have said that he is professional and will want to see the next 12 months out as best he can even if he is going but the fan unrest that is increasing may not be helpful if it creeps onto match days

  • lesh

    Jul 20, 2018 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #20


    Ashley won’t spend 15p let alone £15m

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 20, 2018 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #21

    jonnyshaw, not sure about Welbeck, had a good couple of seasons at Man U breaking through, got lost at Arsenal. Bit of a risk, though if Rafa could help him find himself again he could be superb.

    magscar, agreed – whatever we feel about the club hierarchy, we need to make sure we support the team on the pitch and off it. West Ham fans went OTT last season, turned their place into a toxic pit and we need to make sure we don’t do the same.

  • Jib

    Jul 20, 2018 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #22

    I think West Ham and NUFC chasing the same targets
    is quite understandable
    Benitez and Pellegrini both follow the same broad footy
    philosophy – they’ve both had run-ins with Perez at Real
    Ironically it was Pellegrini’s defeat of West Ham that
    clinched the PL for City when he was there.

  • Jib

    Jul 20, 2018 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #23

    The overseas forwards we’ve been linked with
    this month all are in the mould of a “fox in the box”
    Rafa seems to going for the trickier type of striker.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jul 20, 2018 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #24

    magscar your rite mate would hate anybody apart from ashleys getting hurt i guess someone like him would not want to fly himself anywhere.

  • Mag :P

    Jul 20, 2018 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #25

    Well today, if the news on this blog is correct, has been massively disappointing.

    I guess I should have known deep down that this window would have been depressing again. Ashley never changes.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 20, 2018 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #26


    we could debate the rights and wrongs of rafa’s buys till the cows come home, bottom line is we have an owner who doesn’t give a rats about developing the club, or backing the manager or getting fans onside. He doesn’t want a bar of us but is too greedy to walk away. Really horrible situation all round. Records show Rafa does pretty well on transfers when balanced out with sales

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 20, 2018 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #27


    is it lost on you that jib gets off on constantly provoking people. it’s his m.o.

  • geordiemark

    Jul 20, 2018 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #28

    mike Ashley has better security over the cash at the toon then what fort knox has

  • TyneMouth

    Jul 20, 2018 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #29

    Newcastle United FC……. … same as it ever was, same as it ever was…

    I have supported NUFC for almost seven decades of my life. Some of those times were wonderful, if perhaps few and far between. Some times were dire, more often than not, unfortunately.

    However, or whatever the club’s situation I have have continued with my allegiance to NUFC, for better or for worst, and believe you me I seen us in a much worse position than we are today.

    The last game in our last three seasons epitomised everything that is NUFC.

    May 2016, we are already relegated, but we thrash Spurs 5-1, next year in the Championship will be a walk in the park, it wasn’t.
    May 2017, well we were promoted, but not guaranteed the Championship, however Brighton relaxed and we winged it.
    May 2018, we had been safe for a couple of weeks, Chelsea at home, a defeat didn’t matter any more, so we play them of the park, typical, bring on the sunshine of optimistic happiness, money in the bank, spend, spend, and er,…

    But this is NUFC, it doesn’t work that way, that’s too easy. We don’t do ‘easy’.

    We will be alright, eventually. There will be days when the sun will shine on us.

    Ashley won’t be here forever, and he he won’t be missed when he leaves. But be careful what you wish for, for example if a good looking, well groomed, young (ish) lady comes a knocking, offering the salutations of a group of unknown ‘Investors’ be very, very careful. Due Diligence on the ‘Investors’ should be a priority, just sayin’….

    NUFC… just as it ever was, same as it ever was….

  • geordiemark

    Jul 20, 2018 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #30

    just imagine opening game of the season v spurs and all the fans stay outside the ground wonder if that’s ever happened before at any game world wide

  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 20, 2018 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #31

    Kind of a mission statement from the fans behind @IfRafaGoesWeGo

    We aren’t going to just sit here until May, watch Rafa leave and then follow.
    We believe in positive action.
    We’re grateful for the contact we’ve already had from groups/organisations who have the best interests of NUFC fans at heart.
    Our focus will be on 4 main areas in partnership with existing groups/organisations.

    1. Direct action/protests at & around SJP
    2. Direct action/protests in connection with SD
    3. Lobbying: talking to and working with people and groups who can improve the situation at NUFC
    4. Marketing and Publicity – making sure that everyone hears our voice.

    We will be seeking support from individuals and organisations in terms of both funding and helping to promote the action being taken.

    So let’s see if something can happen, I’m specifically happy with direct action against SD Stores – maybe they read this blog?

  • magscar

    Jul 20, 2018 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #32


    not a defence of Jib he can defend himself without any assistance from me.

    Was simply an observation by using a hated figure on here ( not by me) that there are comments by the “more accepted” posters who get away with murder

  • geordiemark

    Jul 20, 2018 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #33


    aye know what you mean

  • geordiemark

    Jul 20, 2018 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #34


    its a start that’s the way to go about it, I am a tad evil though id burn all his shops down but I wont I forgot the matches and petrol 🙂

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 20, 2018 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #35

    Micky, that seems very sensible, organised and well worded as it goes. If they’re after funding they’ll have to be accountable so it’s transparent where those funds go. If they’re accountable, we should find out at some point who is behind it.

    I thought this was a populist fans’ movement, but maybe there is something more substantial to it. That can’t be a bad thing, we needed a focal point for demonstrations, this could well be the flag we can all get behind.

  • Jib

    Jul 20, 2018 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #36

    We aren’t going to just sit here until May,
    watch Rafa leave and then follow.
    We believe in positive action.
    . Direct action/protests at & around SJP
    all very laudable but that’s not positive action
    it’s negative action

    Can folk not see that all this anti owner stuff
    will give any potential replacement real pause
    for thought.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 20, 2018 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #37

    How much more explicit would you like Rafa to be ”we REALLY haven’t got any money”
    How about a club statement explaining why we are so hard up and the future direction of the club, maybe even tell us what they are trying to do to keep Rafa here!

  • magscar

    Jul 20, 2018 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #38


    The SD protests were raised years ago when Rangers fans had shown the way and I remember applauding that direct approach (pun intended) as opposed to effecting matches which I would rather see avoided as i believe it does more harm than good.

    Nothing was ever organised showing how difficult it is to galvanise action amongst disparate and uncordinated groups.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 20, 2018 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #39

    Aye Jiblets, it really deterred the Fenway group seeing those scousers march in their thousands against despised owners.

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 20, 2018 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #40

    Higuan potentially to Chelsea. Batshuayi pushed further down the pecking order….


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