When Alan Shearer signed for Newcastle United in 1996, Adam Armstrong hadn’t even been born.
The future Newcastle legend had already won the Premier League title by the time he signed on at St James Park.
The main man for Blackburn Rovers in that title win, in total Alan Shearer scored an unbelievable 131 goals in only 172 matches for the Lancashire club.
As an 18 year old Adam Armstrong himself made waves, albeit at a lower level, scoring 20 goals for Coventry in his first ever full season of senior football.
However, a slightly disappointing season at Championship club Barnsley followed with only six league goals. Then the first half of this season has been a real disappointment, with only goal for Championship strugglers Bolton, with the striker finding himself pushed out to the left wing and then eventually left out altogether.
No doubt his arrival at League One promotion contenders Blackburn will have contained assurances that the intention is to play the striker through the middle.
The fact he is reunited with former Coventry manager Tony Mowbray must be a plus as well.
Set to turn 21 next month, Adam Armstrong says that as a kid he used to watch Alan Shearer a lot and that the Newcastle legend is ‘every boy’s local hero’.
Armstrong is now temporarily at Blackburn and has stated his intention, saying ‘I hope I can score goals here like he (Alan Shearer) used to’.
Newcastle fans will be hoping the same and it is easy to forget the Geordie striker is still only 20 years old.
Playing every week in his best position will surely help and double figures for Adam Armstrong in the remainder of the season will do him the world of good.
Adam Armstrong talking to the Blackburn official site:
“We all know how well Alan Shearer did here (at Blackburn).
“He is a legend at both Blackburn and Newcastle.
“His goals speak for themselves.
“I used to watch him quite a lot. He was one I always looked up to growing up, playing football and the way he conducted himself off the pitch as well.
“He’s every boy’s local hero.
“He did well for Newcastle and he’s a legend here which makes things better as well.
“I hope I can score goals here like he used to.”