Adam Armstrong is certainly proving that he is prepared to put the effort and miles in, to try and prove himself as a top striker.
Out at Coventry on loan as an 18 year old, then Barnsley at 19, now Bolton as a 20 year old.
In amongst all of that he has been a constant at England, rising up through the various levels, helping the Young Lions to win the Under 20s World Cup this summer.
Growing up on Tyneside though, Adam Armstrong says there is always one person on his mind: ‘Growing up at Newcastle you know Alan Shearer is there as a legend everyone looks up to, so there is extra attention for a local lad. I’ve learned to live with it’.
After 20 League One goals and then a tougher spell in the Championship with only six last season, this half season loan with Bolton needs to see him push on again.
In an ideal/dream world he will once again be scoring goals for fun and come back to Newcastle and play a part in the second-half of the Premier League season but it is so tough making it as a striker – especially with only one place in the team to aim for.
The Geordie forward says ‘I’m not stupid and I know as a striker what is expected from me and that’s goals’.
Taking the positives from that, at least it is one position where if you do get those goals, you can go to Rafa Benitez, or whoever, and show what you have done.
Fingers crossed he does that this season at Bolton, he has every incentive to do so.
Adam Armstrong talking to The Bolton News:
“I’m not stupid and I know as a striker what is expected from me and that’s goals.
“I think every footballer has some degree of pressure on their shoulders – it comes with the lifestyle.
“But growing up at Newcastle you know Alan Shearer is there as a legend everyone looks up to, so there is extra attention for a local lad. I’ve learned to live with it.
“Last season I scored a few (six) at Barnsley and the season before that I scored a lot (twenty) at Coventry.
“A young footballer needs to keep progressing, so I guess there is pressure on me to score goals and show Newcastle what I can do here at Bolton.
“Last summer I couldn’t turn down a chance in the Championship (with Barnsley), I think I improved as a footballer last season and it was hard work.
“There were players around me who could create goals but it didn’t quite happen for me like it had at Coventry. That happens in football. I will learn from the experience. I want to score goals for Bolton.”