Tony Mowbray says that he can only ‘wait and see’ as he awaits news of what Newcastle want to do with Adam Armstrong.
The Coventry boss says that he has had a number of conversations with Steve McClaren and that obviously things are in chaos at the Newcastle end of things.
Whether that then equates to ‘throwing an 18 year old boy into the Premier League mire’ as Mowbray puts it, is another question.
Naturally he’ll be hoping against hope that Newcastle leave well alone and let Adam Armstrong spend a full season at Coventry.
Ironically, the more goals Armstrong scores for the sky blues could make it even harder for him to stay on loan.
Not only will his scoring prowess make more and more people wonder if he could do it in the Premier League but you also have the embarrassment factor. Having a striker out on loan who is potentially scoring more goals than your whole squad combined, is a bit of a hard one to take – even at a lower level, Newcastle United currently ‘lead’ Adam Armstrong by 14 goals to 13 but not many of us would be confident of United extending that lead in the near future.
For the longer term though you have to be excited at the prospects of Adam Armstrong with Newcastle United and Mowbray sums that up, saying that when the striker first began training ‘…you could see the power, the fluency, the touch…a bit beyond a lot of the rest’.
Tony Mowbray talking to Sky Sports:
“I had been managing in Middlesbrough so obviously had been watching Newcastle Under-21s a fair bit and knew about him.
“We went about trying to build a team based around how we wanted to play. We went through pre-season without strikers, and the deal for Armstrong came along late in the window.
“What I found is that the first day he came onto our training pitch you could see the power, the fluency, the touch, it was just a bit beyond a lot of the rest the group.
“When you put it into context, he is an 18-year-old boy, we thought: ‘Wow, we have got one here.
“I have had a few conversations with Steve McClaren and it’s obviously not going as well as they’d hoped.
“Whether Steve wants to throw Adam, an 18-year-old boy, into the Premier League mire is another question.
“He has a £13million forward and players like Cisse who have a history of scoring goals, we will wait and see.”