Whilst his Newcastle teammates were losing 1-0 to Borussia Monchengladbach, Adam Armstrong made his debut for Coventry City.

After agreeing a loan deal this week which initially lasts until January, the Geordie striker got valuable game time instead of sitting on the United bench as usual.

Starting against League Two side Oxford, Armstrong looked Coventry’s most likely scorer but the closest he came was with a left foot strike that was well saved by the keeper.

The match eventually finishing goalless with the Newcastle striker playing all but the final nine minutes of the friendly.

A well organised Oxford eleven showed the 18 year old that playing at a lower level won’t be a stroll, though afterwards his on-loan manager Tony Mowbray said that he hopes to bring in help for Adam Armstrong sooner rather than later.

“He has only been on the training ground for a day but you could see how sharp he is round the box.

“But we can’t hang everything on an 18 year boy. We need more ammunition up front and I’m pretty sure the right people will come along to help out the team, but perhaps not before the season starts.”