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.

As well as the Newcastle player, the Bolton manager is negotiating to keep West Ham’s Josh Cullen and Reece Burke until the end of the season, as well as Everton’s Antonee Robinson.

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.”

  • Clarko

    Anything to help Bolton.

  • TheNutJob

    He needs regular football and not out on the wing, find him another club

    • Clarko

      He’s made 23 appearances already this season, we’re only in January, 12 of those appearances have been on the left wing, meaning he has played 11 as a striker. He’s getting regular Championship football and he is playing some of that football as a striker.

      Why shouldn’t he be playing on the wing?

      Which other Championship club would take and play a “striker” who has 1 goal in 20 league appearances?

      • Oooh bobbi fleckman

        going down a level ma help but really it says he’s not going to make it NUFC. He has to step up to the plate at a championship club or league 1 club and deliver, that goes for Ivan Toney who’s lost his starting place at wigan but did well at Shrewsbury.

        • Clarko

          He’s delivered at a League One club, he made 40 league appearances for Coventry scoring 20 goals in the 15/16 season, he was 18. He needs to stay in the Championship, time will tell if he’s good enough for the Premier League, he’s still only 20.

          • Mitros gotta start

            He will do ok for us in the championship next year

          • Clarko

            Remember when you thought Yusuf Yazıcı was a goalkeeper? Seriously, nothing you say holds any value on this platform.

          • Mitros gotta start

            You are a cnut….see….not everything i say is lies…..unlike Rafa

          • Clarko

            You didn’t lie, you didn’t intentionally make a false statement about which position Yusuf Yazıcı plays, you were just stupid, you are stupid, incredibly stupid.

          • Wor Lass

            He`s not as good as Yusuf Islam.

          • 1957

            He was a really cool cat

          • Wor Lass

            He must have beeen a mackem, though, because he loved his dog.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            For some reason I thought he was older, I saw him play under Pardew, starting against Man yoo so I thought he must be 23 by now.

            At 20, he’s got time. I Think he needs to get somewhere where he can tear it up. The championship is a hard level to play at for a 20 year old. I mentioned Ivan Toney, it would be great if both could come through.

      • Mitros gotta start


        • Clarko

          Yusuf Yazıcı.

      • Soldier

        he`s a striker not a winger, would rafa play Hoss on the wing

        • Clarko

          He has played as a striker for Bolton as well as on the wing.

          You saying he’s a striker doesn’t make him a striker and it adds nothing to the discussion, you saying that Joselu is a striker doesn’t make Armstrong a striker and adds even less than the previous statement.

          Why is Armstrong a striker and why can he not be a winger?

          • Geordiegiants

            Clarko you tell him, ask him if he remembers Terry Henry he done it the other way.

  • Philippines

    Does not look like he would be the answer to our ‘prayers’ back at Newcastle. Best to unload him altogether I would say.

    • Clarko

      What would be the point in getting rid? He wouldn’t fetch a large transfer fee, he’s on a small wage and he’s still only 20.

  • NUFCDan

    As long as he’s playing (wing, striker or sub) its all part of his education. Harry Kane was hardly prolific at Championship level when he had several loan spells in teens/early 20’s.

    • Paul Busby

      I think Harry Kane is an exception rather than a rule. I’m not saying give up on him, but dont hold him up to those kind of expectations.

      • NUFCDan

        Me either, but it can happen. Game time is the most important thing rather than having him rot in the reserves.

    • Soldier

      didnt play on the wing, did he

      • NUFCDan

        Its probably useful for a lad of his height to get used to playing across a front 3 rather than as a main striker. Suarez, Sanchez and Aguero have no problem playing anywhere across the front 3.

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    I am going to stick my neck out now and say he will not make it at Newcastle unfortunately.
    It would be great to see a local lad succeed like Gazza, Beardsley etc, But he is not good enough imo.
    I am sure he will make it a some level and have a decent career but he will never be Premiership quality.
    He reminds me a bit like Paul Brayson who went on to be a good goal scorer at lower levels and is still knocking them in for Newcastle Benfield at 40 years old.

  • Soldier

    the kids a striker not a winger move him on even if it means dropping a league

  • 1957

    I’ve seen a lot of the Chronicle’s next great things over the years and there have only been 3 I thought would make regular first team players.

    Carroll was always going to make it he was a beast of a player all the way through the system, Chopra had a decent career albeit away from Newcastle, the one who failed for me was Adam Campbell. He was a fantastic finisher at youth and u23 level but never did anything at senior level anywhere

  • Down Under Mag

    This needs to stop. We can’t afford to have young players going out on loan and being benched or played out of position as they will never improve. This lad is a clinical finisher but just isn’t being given the chance at Bolton to prove himself…even though I think his window has passed here (although personally I see no reason to not bring him back as cover) for his own career he should be proving himself as a striker not as a winger and being JUDGED as a striker not scoring goals. The youth set up here and those at the top need to sort out their loan deals better or we will lose more prospective talent.

    • Rob Brown

      Yeah, but why do you think he isnt being given the chance?

  • Wor Lass

    I think the lad`s had a fair crack of the whip. He did really well for a while at Coventry but didn`t do so well at Barnsley – fans there didn`t seem to rate him. He must be doing OK at Bolton to get so many games but is obviously not impressing enough as a striker to get a regular game there. Maybe moving out to the wing is his best option but I don`t think he will make it at PL level now, unfortunately.

    • Geordiegiants

      Bang on!

  • Awaymag

    He needs to buy a winger and we need to get this lad to a club where will play up front along side a striker he can learn from.

  • Mxpx

    Pretty sure it won’t happen but I imagine Armstrong would score more than joselu if given the chance

  • ghostrider

    He’s better out on loan than festering at Newcastle if there’s no intention of giving him some first team game time.
    I think this lad could be prolific if he was in the right set up.