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Adam Armstrong travels back to Newcastle for talks with Rafa Benitez

5 years ago

Newcastle United loan star Adam Armstrong has met up with the Magpies’ newly appointed Manager, Rafa Benitez.

After Coventry got back to winning ways on Saturday with a 1-0 win at Blackpool, which puts them only three points outside the play-offs, Adam Armstrong headed back to the north east.

Loan manager Tony Mowbray revealed that his 19 goal striker went in on the Sunday and met Rafa Benitez.

Rather though than waiting for a call, the Coventry boss understands that it was Adam Armstrong himself who initiated the meeting.

Great to see that as well as his outstanding progress this season in terms of both goals and maturity on the pitch, Armstrong is also being proactive in going to see the new United boss at the earliest possible opportunity.

Mowbray says he is relatively relaxed about the possibility of the striker being recalled to Newcastle, which can happen with 24 hours notice, but then there again he would have little choice if Rafa Benitez did exercise that option.

Whilst Newcastle are desperately short of goals, it looks unlikely that Armstrong would be recalled, unless additional injuries hit the squad.

It is vital that the 19 year old Geordie is allowed to continue and progress his career at this lower level, in the hope it will then help make him a future Newcastle great.

In the meantime, the responsibility for Newcastle United’s immediate future/survival rests with those who have failed us this season.

Tony Mowbray speaking to the Coventry Telegraph:

“Arma was back there on Sunday and went and spoke to Rafa.

“He was given two days off after the match on Saturday and went home with his family and I think he went in off his own bat. I don’t think he was called in. Bottom line is he’s a Newcastle player.

“I haven’t spoken to anyone at the club and if anyone is going to it will be Mark Venus (Technicalk Director at Coventry) speaking to their MD, Lee Charnley.

“But he has been up there, been in the building, seen the manager and is back here in training so it doesn’t appear as if anything is happening.

“At this moment, as we sit here now, there doesn’t seem to be any recall.

“I think Rafa realises he’s got ten games and that’s his senior squad – I watched them against Leicester on Monday night on the telly and I thought they were unfortunate not to get anything.

“I am not sitting here overly concerned because I don’t think he’s going to be recalled. And if he does then we’ll have to get on with it.

“If he gets called back this week we would look at the loan situation – I’m not sure there’s another star player out there…but we would just want to bring in another option.”


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