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Newcastle loan star: “Rafa Benitez is a tactical genius”

3 years ago

He might not know what is happening next month but Adam Armstrong does know that Rafa Benitez is a ‘tactical genius’.

On loan at Bolton Wanderers, the Geordie  centre-forward insists he is really enjoying his football there, despite playing out of position wide left.

Only one Championship goal but his loan manager Phil Parkinson has said a number of times what a great job Adam Armstrong is doing for the team.

Armstrong has been equally impressed and says that Parkinson ‘Has been really good for me’.

Not allowed to buy players in the summer, Bolton have done remarkably well as they heavily rely on free transfers such as Sammy Ameobi and loan deals such as Adam Armstrong, to try and keep the afloat.

After promotion, the writing looked on the wall as the first 11 matches brought nine defeats and two draws.

However, they are now above the relegation zone on goal difference after a run of nine games where the only defeat was away at likely champions Wolves.

Still only 20, Adam Armstrong says he isn’t sure what will be happening when his loan ends in January, though you can’t imagine Rafa Benitez will see it the right time to pitch the Geordie striker into a Newcastle team/squad fighting relegation.

After 20 goals as an 18 year old in League One for Coventry, six for Barnsley in the Championship as a 19 year old was a disappointment, though he only started 21 matches.

Time is still on his side but interesting to see what Rafa Benitez does with him in the second half of the season.

Adam Armstrong talking to The Bolton News:

“I’m enjoying my football at the moment.

“I have already seen an improvement in my game but I’m taking it each match as it comes. You can’t think too far ahead in football because it changes in an instant.

“Nobody knows what the future holds or what might happen in January but all I can do is keep kicking on, working hard and giving my all for Bolton.

“Personally I think I’m doing okay, I am getting the games and I’m just working hard to help the team.

“It was great to get that first league goal under my belt a couple of weeks ago against Norwich too. I had felt that was coming for a while, even with me playing on the left. It’s not what I am used to but it has been working well in recent weeks.

“Rafa is a brilliant manager who has worked with some of the best players in the world.

“He’s just got a presence when he is stood in front of you, you can’t help but be taken in by.

Rafa Benitez is a tactical genius and I see a lot of him in the gaffer (Phil Parkinson) here.

“There really isn’t too much of a difference in terms of their management styles and, having worked under him for a few months now, I’m loving it.

“He has been really good for me and I knew from the first day we met he’d be brilliant to work with and he’s really taken me under his wing.

“He loves to give younger players a chance and he’s proven that with players like myself and Jedi (Antonee Robinson) – he is a player I’ve known for a few years and I feel like we have got a really good relationship down the left.”


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