Sunday saw Newcastle confirm the 27 man squad who had travelled to Ireland for the pre-season training camp.

A few notable exceptions weren’t included, with Achraf Lazaar, Tim Krul and Emmanuel Riviere left behind, the trio clearly not in Rafa Benitez’ plans.

A fourth player was also left behind but the official club statement explained why Adam Armstrong wasn’t included:

‘And Adam Armstrong has also stayed in Newcastle, with a number of clubs interested in taking the England under-20 international on loan.’

Monday morning has now seen reports that the 20 year old striker is set to link up with Sammy Ameobi at Bolton Wanderers.

Released by Newcastle, Sammy signed a one year deal on Friday and now the Bolton News claims that Adam Armstrong is set to join him.

They say that a deal looked unlikely with Newcastle wanting a substantial part of Armstrong’s wages covered but that talks between the two clubs last week have produced a compromise.

Going to Coventry City as an 18 year old, the teenager had a dramatic first season in senior football, scoring 20 League One goals in 38 starts (and two off the bench).

Making a step up to Championship level with promoted Barnsley, the then 19 year old found it a bit tougher, scoring six league goals in 21 starts (13 off the bench).

Bolton are another side promoted to the Championship and this is a massive season coming up for Adam Armstrong, as he looks to show signs of further progress.

Bolton boss Phil Parkinson confirmed he was targeting Premier League strikers on loan, telling the Bolton News:

“We need four or five players, like every deal you have to be patient but we’re working hard to get those deals done.

“As I’ve said before, you really do face competition for the attacking players.

“We’ve looked at one or two Premier League players but their clubs want them back in for the first couple of weeks of pre-season, which is normal.

“There are a couple of other players who were out of our reach earlier in the summer who are now starting to fall within our remit.

 “It was a good week for us, especially getting the Sammy Ameobi deal (signed on Friday) over the line.”

  • Wor Lass

    Sadly, I don`t see the lad as having a PL future. He`s obviously got a goal-scoring gift at the right level but I don`t think his overall game is strong enough. Interestingly, the Barnsley fans were quite scathing about his attitude last season, saying he was a big time Charlie and couldn`t be ar$ed to work back. All he can do is work hard at Bolton, if that`s where he ends up, and try to impress Rafa that way.

    • Toonrobbybobson

      He is way too young to judge. You just need to look at the likes of Harry Kane and then you could say the same of a dwight Gayles career. He needs game time. That was mixed last season so he needs a club he can be the main man and get in top 3 goalscorers of the Championship. But hes far far from a write off.

      This is part of problem with youth at the Toon, they’re judged way too soon. They have to be given patience to learn their craft and game time.

      • Wor Lass

        As a general rule, what you say about how youngsters are pressurised at the toon is spot on. Armstrong had the dreaded “wonder kid” tag from Ryder and co and lots of others have suffered with it. In Arma`s case, though, I just haven`t seen enough from him to suggest he`s going to break through at top level. I`d love to be proven wrong, though.

  • Alex

    Jeez, how much are these kids on if a Championship club can’t afford all their wages?

  • dillon

    Dont think Jacob will come if his England team mate is out on loan

  • MadMag83

    He needs to play the bulk of the games otherwise it’s pointless him sitting on the bench at Bolton, he could do that here and learn from Gayle.

  • Paul Busby

    Kid will always be fighting against his biology. Not impossible for him to become a great striker, plenty of quick skilful short blokes out there, but he’s got an uphill struggle and I’m yet to really see him overcome it consistently.

  • Rich Lawson

    If he is a first team regular starter this is a good chance for him to show what he can do,but after this season we keep or sell ?


    Sadly, I think this is the end for him at NUFC. Newcastle fans would love a home grown striker to break through from the youth set up more than anything, and we yearn for any positive signs that it may happen. Those of us with long memories recall the buzz around Michael Chopra and Adam Campbell, for example. They had / have careers in the game, but they just never made the grade here. There is a massive gulf between the Championship and the Premier League, and a bigger one between under 21/23s and the first team. And being top of the bill at 18 doesn’t necessarily translate into top-class pedigree at 20. I’d love to be proved wrong, but I think if Rafa felt he could contribute in the Premier League – even for the odd 10 minutes as a sub – he’d be keeping him.