Adam Armstrong has had an interesting time so far at Bolton Wanderers.
The striker going to Coventry as an 18 year old and scoring 20 league goals in his first full season of football, then finding life a little tougher at Barnsley in the Championship with six league goals, and now only one Championship goal so far in his half season at Bolton.
Banned from buying players in the summer, the Trotters had to rely on loans and free transfers.
The first 11 matches of the season left the situation looking hopeless, with two draws and nine defeats leaving them a distant bottom of the table.
However, Phil Parkinson has worked miracles, going on to pick up 25 points from the last possible 45, with only four defeats in these past 15 matches.
Over the festive period Bolton picked up nine points from twelve and actually climbed out of the relegation zone, now fifth bottom.
For Adam Armstrong though the upturn in results has been bittersweet, first pushed out to the left wing rather than through the middle, he won praise for the job he was doing out there. Only to be then dropped from the team with his last start back on 25 November, over five weeks ago.
His contribution to the festive period success was limited to only 14 minutes as a late sub in the win at Sheffield United, so it is difficult to see at the moment what Adam Armstrong has to gain by sticking it out at Bolton.
Despite the lack of game time, Bolton boss Phil Parkinson says that he definitely wants to keep the Newcastle striker until the end of the season, as well as three other loan players they currently have,
Parkinson has spoken to Newcastle United in the hope of keeping the Geordie loan forward but nothing has been decided as yet.
This Saturday sees the FA Cup return and Bolton host Huddersfield whilst Newcastle play Luton.
It would make sense for something to be decided quickly ether way, as Adam Armstrong must be set for a game if he is still available for Bolton this weekend.
Phil Parkinson speaking to Bolton News:
“I keep saying that but we’ve got a decent group of players who are pulling together and that can count for a lot.
“I think we will add to the squad at some stage, be able to freshen things up a little bit but the most important thing for me is making sure we keep what we have got.
“I want to keep all the loan players, I have had discussions with the relevant clubs and I’ll continue to do so.”