The future of Adam Armstrong is an interesting one to consider as the summer unfolds.
The 19 year old won’t be sold of course but the big question is whether he will go out on loan once again, or be at St James Park fighting for his place in the team?
It seemed a simple equation last season, when he was banging in the goals for Coventry it only looked to be a choice of maybe staying at the Sky Blues for another year of League One football, or whether it was then a case of finding the right Championship club to make the next step up.
Never thinking, until it was too late, that that ‘right Championship club’ could be Newcastle!
We’d all love Adam Armstrong to make it, local lad and all that. However, at the minute it surely must be a choice of the Geordie striker going out on loan again, or sitting on Newcastle’s bench and hopefully getting more minutes as the season progresses.
Whilst the countdown continues to the new season, Coventry City have came out and made clear they would very much like to see Adam Armstrong back there next season.
Technical Director Mark Venus has given any number of reasons as to why that would be the right choice, rather than fighting for his place at Newcastle or going elsewhere on loan.
The sales pitch from Coventry City sees Venus suggest that the Championship might be a step too far for Armstrong at the minute and it might in fact set him back a year or two in his progress.
He also spells out the benefits of the striker going to a place that he is familar with, rather than new surroundings such as the speculation of Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premier League – surely a non-starter for him to go to a club struggling at that level, a level which is arguably lower than League One anyway.
Any loan deal can include a clause for Newcastle to recall Adam Armstrong anyway, so even with Newcastle’s reduced circumstances, the odds must be on the striker having another spell out on loan.
Maybe the compromise can be a half season back at Coventry where he hopefully bangs in even more goals, then reassess the situation in January.
Mark Venus speaking to the Coventry Telegraph:
“I think if Adam Armstrong was going out on loan again next year we would be stupid not to want him back – we’d welcome him back with open arms.
“Everyone has a different opinion on what’s best for his development. I think it was a hard season for Adam, physically, last season that took a lot out of him. With his international trips as well it was a physical learning curve for him and I think the Championship is another step up, physically, for a footballer.
“So I think that a progression might be if he comes back to League One and does even better than he did last year, and then he’ll only be 20 if Newcastle get promoted and then he could go into the Championship with two years of first team football under his belt.
“What if he goes to the Championship and doesn’t do very well? He might be coming back to this level at 21/22.
“I have my own opinion, which might be biased towards Coventry City and so it should be…So I think everyone has to decide what’s best for the player and then, invariably, he will make the decision himself. But I would be careful stepping up too early into leagues that are pretty taxing, pretty demanding and pretty physical.
“He wouldn’t have to adapt to the surroundings again. I hope he would expect to go to a club that would hopefully be at the top end of the league, playing a style that would hopefully suit him.
“So he could basically get straight into his job rather than at another club where he might have to work out what the manager wants, find a place to live and all of those social elements that would be taken away if he came here.”