Young Newcastle star Adam Armstrong may need to be left out, after feeling the effects of his first full season of first team football.
His on-loan Manager Tony Mowbray says that he ‘can’t keep flogging’ the 19 year old and that he could maybe do with coming off the bench for a few games.
However, sitting on 19 Championship goals already, Mowbray knows that Adam Armstrong is desperate to at least reach that 20 goal mark in his debut season of constant first team football – though the Coventry boss says it is a fine balance.
With six games remaining, the Geordie striker should reach his target but with no goals in seven it does suggest that the demands of so many games for club and country are having an impact.
The positives are that Adam Armstrong is still desperate to play regardless of any fatigue, whilst at the same time great to see Tony Mowbray taking such a rounded approach that takes into account the player’s future as well as Coventry’s own more immediate needs.
“I had a chat with Adam Armstrong this week about how he is feeling, because I am conscious of the amount of football he’s played, not just here but with England as well with two 90-minute games and a 25 minute run (in the recent European Championship qualifiers in Spain). That’s 40-odd games in total (already) and it’s a tough, mental drain on him.
“You could see that when he went on at Gillingham – it wasn’t the Armstrong of the first three or four months of the season who was running through the middle like a whippet to score goals.
“We can’t keep flogging him and he could do with sitting on the bench for a few games, going on for the last 30 minutes to see if he can find that spark.
“So rather than the mundane nature of another 90 minutes, sometimes it might be an idea to leave him on the bench
“We’ll see how the next few games go but he always wants to play and when you’ve got somebody with that ability to score a goal out of nothing you’re always tempted to start him.
“So I’ve taken a little bit of intensity out of his training and I am not going to drive him with a big whip. I just want him to get through it, enjoy his day off and then ease him into the weekend.
“Bottom line for the boy, he wants to score another goal because it’s a bit of a mark for him to reach 20. And yet I don’t want to keep driving and driving him and see him pull a hamstring and miss the end of the season. So it’s a balance but he is quite positive at the moment.”