Hopefully as a sign of the future, Newcastle striker Adam Armstrong has been handed the number nine shirt at Coventry City.
A loan until January was announced yesterday for the 18 year old striker and when Coventry announced their squad numbers today, it was a massive show of support when Adam Armstrong was handed the main striker’s number.
Newcastle must have been given assurances that Armstrong will be given every chance to get plenty of games under his belt but that is a great mark of confidence from his on-loan boss Tony Mowbray:
“Adam is a striker we’ve been tracking throughout the summer and a prospect we’re really excited by.
“He has a fantastic eye for goal and his movement in the area makes life difficult for defenders.
“It is also an important stage of his development and he needs first-team games to progress as a player so this is a big chance for him in his career.
“We’ve been looking to add quality to our forward line throughout the summer, and despite his young age, I believe Adam will give us a fantastic option going into the 2015/16 season.”
As for Adam Armstrong himself, he had this to say about the loan deal:
“It’s a big move and I can’t wait to get started. I want to progress during my time here and do really well for the club. I like to think I’m quick and got a few skills about me.
“I’ve got an eye for goals and I want to score a lot of goals for the club. I’ve got to claim my place in the side first but that’s the aim.
“I’m really looking forward to the start of the season against Wigan Athletic and can’t wait to get started.
“There’s no secret to the record (for England) really. When you’ve got the Three Lions on your chest, I suppose it’s a bit different.
“No matter what age group it is, it’s massive to play for your country and I always try and do well for England.
“That’s what I want to bring to Coventry. I’ll be putting in 100% for the club in every game as I want to take this chance.”
It isn’t the famous Newcastle United number nine shirt worn by Alan Shearer and Jackie Milburn but give it a couple of years….