Last season saw Adam Armstrong hit an impressive 20 League goals in 38 starts (2 as a sub) when playing for Coventry in his first ever full season of senior football.
Newcastle wanted to see him progress and try a loan at a higher level and so it was Barnsley in the Championship,
For Adam Armstrong himself, he has predictably found it tougher to score goals but still has had a lot of regular football, the striker starting 21 Championship matches and coming off the bench in another 13.
At 20 years old, Adam Armstrong is the one player of this generation that Newcastle fans generally think could be the one to make it – but what do Barnsley fans think after watching him in 34 of their 45 Championship matches?
To be honest I was very surprised at most of the comments and shocked by some of them.
A couple of Barnsley fans comment that they would want Armstrong back but the vast majority below, say that they don’t.
More worrying are those who question his effort/workrate this season – hopefully that’s just a misconception and as one other supporter says, being asked to play as a lone striker was too tough a call for Adam Armstrong.
One thing that does look clear is that while some of the comments from Barnsley fans may be over the top in saying Armstrong would struggle in the Championship next season, it certainly doesn’t sound as if he is anywhere near ready for Newcastle’s Premier League campaign starting in August.
Barnsley fans comment on Adam Armstrong contribution this season via their top BBS Fans Forum Message Board:
‘Thought I’d start a thread on our recent batch of (six this season) loan players and who if any you’d like to see here next season.
Adam Armstrong I don’t think is ready for the championship just yet. So personally wouldn’t have him back but we need some quality strikers asap!
‘Armstrong. – Not impressed, did well in league 1 last season but hasn’t worked for us in the championship don’t want him back next season and don’t think he will be.’
‘Armstrong not currently good enough or what we need. A major disappointment.’
‘Kent & James are non-starters & I wouldn’t want Armstrong or Elder.’
‘Armstrong. Bone idle waste of space who will be remembered as contributing less to our team than Odejayi.’
‘Adam Armstrong is the one player in the squad who’s work rate I would question.
It’s embarrassing how many times he has to let the ball go over his head because he’s not got back onside quick enough.
I can appreciate that he’s been asked to play as a lone striker on occasion, but even in a front 2, the other striker is often the one doing the spade work. He’s a clinical finisher, and technically very good with the ball at his feet.
He’s another that we have little chance of getting, but unlike Matty James, I won’t lose any sleep when Armstrong doesn’t return.’
‘James is the only one I would like to see again and we will have very little chance. The rest have had plenty of time to shine, but not shown enough for what us as a club be that management level or as fans, come to expect from people who put on our club shirt.’
‘I’d love Matty James but as everyone says – he’s out of our reach unfortunately.
I’d like Kent and Armstrong too.
I know many will disagree on Armstrong but he’s only going to get better and will be a very good player and regular scorer in the Premier League in my view.
We may have a chance of getting Armstrong back in my view.’
‘Adam Armstrong – talented but thinks he is better than he is and out of our price range anyway. So no.’
‘Armstrong. – Fast and skilful, but finds himself out of the action in games too much.
Maybe he didn’t have the right big target man type player to play off of. Not sure, but based on this season, would say no. Disappointing season indeed.’