Adam Armstrong scored his first league goal of the season last weekend, finishing from outside the box to win the game 2-1 against Norwich, sending Sunderland to the very bottom of the Championship.
Scoring 20 goals in League One when going to Coventry as an 18 year old suggested great things ahead for the Newcastle striker.
As a 19 year old, the still teenage Geordie striker went to Barnsley as he moved up to the Championship, not quite the same impact on the next stage of his progression with six league goals, though he did only start 21 league matches.
On the surface, one goal in the first three months for Bolton doesn’t look great for Adam Armstrong.
However, he went on loan to a side promoted from League One, who had a transfer embargo preventing them paying money for any new players throughout the summer.
Fellow Bolton player, and Geordie, and Newcastle fan, Gary Madine, believes that there are far better things to come from Adam Armstrong.
Madine thinks Armstrong’s finishing in training is as good as anything he has ever seen and says that playing out of position on the left wing has been tough for the loan forward.
Maybe in his longer-term progression, Armstrong may look back on his Bolton left wing spell, as a valuable experience…
He has a remarkable goalscoring record at all the England younger age levels he has played at and the season at Coventry suggests he has the makings of a very good striker at club level.
Can he one day do it for Newcastle?
Well I’m guessing Rafa Benitez won’t be keen on extending the Bolton loan if Armstrong is going to continue playing out of position, he needs to be getting games and scoring goals as a striker, so maybe a loan spell elsewhere is on the cards in January.
Gary Madine talking to Bolton News:
“Adam Armstrong is a brilliant player.
“He is a great finisher, and maybe not everyone has seen that yet, but we do see it every day in training.
“He hadn’t scored for a few games but he’s got off the mark now in the league, so I think he’ll push on from there.
“He doesn’t let it get him down and his finishing is amazing in training and up there with the best I have seen.
“He is doing a selfless task playing on the left wing when he is a centre forward. He is doing a great job for the team.
“I hope Adam Armstrong stays. I am sure he will.
“I know the gaffer will probably want him to and I know Adam will want to stay as well because we have a good bond as a team.
“After five games unbeaten you kind of don’t want to stop but if we’re sensible through the break and train well there’s no reason why it has to. There’s no reason to fear anyone.”