Tony Mowbray says that Rafa Benitez would be daft not to have a look in training before he decides what to do with Adam Armstrong.
After scoring 20 goals for Coventry in his first ever season as a first team player, Mowbray says the Sky Blues would be just one of up to 20 teams who would snap up the Geordie striker on a loan this coming season.
After Rafa Benitez decides on what progress Adam Armstrong has made, the Coventry boss thinks that if Rafa doesn’t think he is ready he could spend £8m on a striker from Spain and allow the 19 year back out on loan.
An interesting middle ground is Tony Mowbray musing whether Rafa would maybe allow Armstrong to go out to a club who aren’t a ‘threat’ to Newcastle’s promotion hopes.
With all Newcastle’s problems last season, Adam Armstrong maybe didn’t get the full credit he deserved and he certainly was one of the few success stories for Newcastle fans in the last 12 months.
The Newcastle striker is certainly going to make a living out of football and the only question is just how high he can/could go.
Very reassuring that we now have such a top manager in Rafa Benitez making the decisions on the forward’s future.
Tony Mowbray speaking to the Coventry Telegraph:
“It’s going to be Rafa’s decision but if I was Rafa Benitez, why on earth wouldn’t you start pre-season with Adam Armstrong training with them.
“He’s his player, he pays his salary so why wouldn’t he watch him for a week or two in training and see what he does, see how he integrates into the group; see if he’s a shy little kid or come back a man and banging in goals in training.
After he’s done that he’ll make a decision. If his decision is he’s got some talent but is probably a bit young and needs more stick-on players and will spend £8million on a centre-forward from Spain then he might go out again.
“Only Rafa will decide whether he lets him go to another team in the Championship who he doesn’t see as a threat to Newcastle United, or will he send him back to us because it was a good experience and Adam quite liked it and his agent and parents are happy with him coming here because they know he’ll get looked after, and off we go again.
“But we have to wait for Newcastle. They know our interest, as they will from 15 or 20 teams interested in him, which is great for them and great for Adam.”