Bolton Wanderers attempted to retain Adam Armstrong for the rest of this season but instead he has moved to Blackburn Rovers for the remainder of the campaign.

A Newcastle United official announcement revealing the news on Tuesday afternoon.

The striker went to Coventry as an 18 year old and scored 20 League One goals in his first full season of football, then finding life a little tougher at Barnsley in the Championship with six league goals in 2016/17, this season only one Championship goal in his half year 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 was 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 six 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 was difficult to see what Adam Armstrong had to gain by sticking it out at Bolton.

Despite the lack of game time, Bolton boss Phil Parkinson said that he definitely wanted to keep the Newcastle striker until the end of the season.

The Bolton boss last week saying he had spoken to Newcastle United in the hope of keeping the Geordie loan forward.

Blackburn are currently third in League One, seven points behind leaders Wigan.

Newcastle United official announcement:

‘Adam Armstrong has joined League One side Blackburn Rovers on loan until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old, who has just returned from a loan spell at Championship outfit Bolton Wanderers, has joined Tony Mowbray’s promotion-chasers on a deal which will keep him at Ewood Park until the end of the campaign.

In the first half of this season, the England Under-20 international – a World Cup winner with his country last summer – made a total of 23 appearances during his time at the Macron Stadium, scoring three goals.

Last term, Armstrong was on loan at Barnsley, where he scored six in 35 outings – including the club’s goal of the season, a stunning strike against Preston.

The young forward also spent time at Coventry City in 2015/16, scoring 20 in 40 appearances and picking up a string of awards, including young player of the year, goal of the season and top goalscorer.’



  • Kneebotherm8

    They might play him in his preferred position.
    Pointless being at Bolton where they’re playing him out of position and that’s even IF he gets a game.

    • Down Under Mag

      Agreed. Get him game time up front scoring goals and see how he develops. I think his time is runnning out for NUFC but i’d still like to see him suceed in the football league and he wasn’t going to do that sitting on the bench because Bolton wanted a winger/midfielder and loaned a striker.

  • Peaky Magpie

    I see Ronnie has knocked up 5 possible Shelvey replacements already !!! Nowt better to do.

  • Chris

    Unfortunately, I don’t think Adam is going to make it…🤔
    Shame as he seems like a nice guy and it would be good to have a Geordie goal scorer in the squad.

    • Down Under Mag

      Still only 20, time is still on his side as long as he starts finding form again for Blackburn. They are scoring plenty of goals so it stands to reason that Adam will get chances, over to him how that goes. Remember that Lindegard at Man utd is on fire for them now but he’s only really started to find his place inthe Premiership at 25, Kane only really started scoring regularly at 21/22. I don’t think we should be so quick to write Armstrong off.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Beardsley taking “a period of leave” with immediate effect !

  • Mxpx

    He’s better than joselu I’d rather us play a proper first team choice but I’d rather Adam than joselu

  • Jim

    Great move for Armstrong and nufc , playing for a manager that had him doing well at Coventry , we’ll find out maybe Barnsley and Bolton loans just a bad fit , how many loans did harry Kane have and how productive were they

    • Down Under Mag

      Kane had 4 loan moves, 56 games for 14 goals…not great stats but its not always about goals it’s about learning the game and developing as a player.

      The Bolton and Barnsley moves just were not in Adam’s best interest and he’s suffered with his progression because of it. He needed games and he needed to be played up front in his preferred position. NUFC should have recalled him as soon as it was clear Bolton were not playing him enough or as his striker role and the club need to sort their sh**t on the loan moves to properly progress their players. Perhaps they still won’t make the first team BUT we need to make sure we give them the chance.

      Also, Armstrong is still only 20yo, not all players are at their best when they are 16. For him it is all about going to a team that is doing well, getting back on the goal trail and proving to himself and NUFC that he still knows where the net is. Joining a Championship club was his next step up from Coventry BUT it should only have been to clubs that were going to be challenging for mid table and above, not ones struggling at the foot of the table who clearly aren’t creating chances for him to score. If I can see this why can’t the development coaches at our club?

      • thewildchimp

        The same way Mitro and Mbemba are benched. Two promising youngsters, denied of any opportunities. My thoughts are that they are kept so the board has their wages as an excuse for not bringing on some fresh people. Or the old: “You have enough players, make some use of them.” Any other sane club would loan them out and hire someone new. They could’ve easily found them new clubs in Italy or somewhere else where the people of their respective styles are in demand. It would also make them more interesting if we wanted to sell. After two years of almost no play time – who is going to buy? We can only pray that Mitro does well in the World Cup…