Tony Mowbray admits hat-trick hero Adam Armstrong’s future is still up in the air
Tony Mowbray says he is ‘delighted’ that all of Adam Armstrong’s hard work paid off yesterday at Crewe.
The Newcastle loan striker scoring his first ever club hat-trick at first team level.
Mowbray says that after going over four months without a goal away from harm, Adam Armstrong had been getting ‘stick’ from his team-mates.
Remarkably, apart from two goals that Armstrong scored at Millwall in a 4-0 win on 15 August 2015, every one of his other 11 goals had been scored at home for Coventry.
That all changed at Crewe yesterday as the 18 year old Geordie scored three and made one in the Sky Blues’ 5-0 win.
However, Tony Mowbray admitted that they haven’t agreed a deal as yet to keep Adam Armstrong beyond this month, despite what Steve McClaren said earlier this week.
The Newcastle Head Coach said he ‘thought’ there was a deal agreed to keep Armstrong at Coventry until the end of the season, which suggests at least that McClaren doesn’t have any objections to this happening.
Mowbray and Coventry won’t rest easy though until they have the deal confirmed, with Adam Armstrong’s 16 goals in 21 games the major reason why they are one of the favourites for promotion.
Having dropped down a few places due at least in part to a five week long ‘goal drought’ for Armstrong, yesterday’s win puts them in fourth and only three points away from the automatic promotion spots.
“I’m absolutely delighted for him. He’s been taking a bit of stick from the lads because he hasn’t scored an away goal since Millwall.
“I’m sure that was in the back of his mind today and it’s great to see him take his chances as well as he did.
“He’s works really hard on the training ground and he’s a great lad to work with day-in, day-out.
“Nothing has been signed in regards to his loan yet so we’ll have to wait and see if we can keep Adam with us for the remainder of the season.”
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