It has come to light that Newcastle United were only willing to consider three potential loan clubs when the short-term future of Adam Armstrong was under discussion this summer.
The 19 year old Geordie striker scored a stunning goal on Saturday, winning the game for loan club Barnsley and at the same time winning the accolade of Championship goal of the weekend.
A 62nd minute sub, Adam Armstrong had only been on the pitch 17 minutes, when with the score at 1-1. a ball was played down the right hand side and the on loan Newcastle forward produced an audacious backheel to fool the defender and an expert left foot finish curled around the goalkeeper.
However, losing manager Simon Grayson was left wondering what might have been, as he admitted that they had enquired about Armstrong but had been told nothing doing.
Preston boss Grayson said that Newcastle informed them that they would only consider loaning their young forward to one of the three clubs promoted from League One to the Championship.
So Barnsley were the winning club as they landed Adam Armstrong on loan until January, ahead of Burton and Wigan.
Obviously the reasoning from Newcastle would have been that the promoted clubs were very unlikely to be competing with them at the top end.
Ironically, though it is still obviously early days, Armstrong’s goal meant that Barnsley joined Newcastle on 12 points, four points behind leaders Huddersfield, whilst Preston are languishing second from bottom with only three points (they finished 11th last season).
“Adam Armstrong is a player that we looked at possibly bringing to the football club (Preston) but Newcastle made it clear, that they only wanted to loan him out to any of the three promoted teams.
“So this ruled everybody else out apart from Burton, Barnsley and Wigan”
Watch this exquisite Adam Armstrong goal below.
— Football On 5 (@FootballOn5) September 10, 2016