Newcastle striker Adam Armstrong is on ‘everybody’s dream wish list’ according to Greg Abbott.
The Bradford City Head of Recruitment has made public just how desperate the League One Yorkshire club are to take the Geordie striker on loan this season.
Abbott admits that the natural progression would be to see Adam Armstrong make a loan move to a Championship club this time, after scoring 20 goals last season in League One.
However, Bradford hope that Rafa won’t want to help any competitor in the second tier by loaning out the 19 year old, instead giving him more time in League One.
Rafa has already said that if he can sign another forward then he would loan Armstrong out but the last few days make you think he will be loaned out regardless.
Adam Armstrong didn’t make the matchday 18 at Bristol City and now that Aleksandar Mitrovic is back, it is another obstacle in his way.
On top of that, you had what appeared to be a strange decision last night, when the Geordie forward played a full 90 minutes for the Under 23s away at West Ham. This surely means he won’t be given any time tonight when Cheltenham visit, a cup game against League Two opposition that you would normally have expected him to be given a start in.
Putting two and two together, last night’s appearance may also have been a chance to give Armstrong a game in front of a number of representatives of various interested clubs. Ipswich Town Manager Mick McCarthy, is one of those who was watching the game from the sidelines.
With everything else going on at St James Park, the fact we have such an exciting homegrown prospect is once again getting a little pushed to one side.
Something which may not be a bad thing as he looks to make a smooth transition with regular football elsewhere, before eventually (everything crossed) becoming a major player for Newcastle United in the not too distant future.
Greg Abbott speaking to the Telegraph and Argus:
“Adam Armstrong is on everybody’s dream wish list…
“I think with Adam’s situation, if he doesn’t go to another Championship club we would like to make it known he is right at the top of our list.
“He had a successful loan in League One and the natural procedure would be to put him in the Championship next.
“But would Newcastle want him to go to a competitor in the same division and score goals? That’s a decision that they have to make and I’m sure they will do so at the right time.”