For so long Adam Armstrong  looked the shining jewel coming through the Newcastle United youth set-up.

Scoring hatfuls of goals at all younger age levels for club and country, the future looked bright for the Geordie striker.

Going out on loan as an 18 year old, that promise only seemed to be rubber-stamped, as he scored 20 League One goals for Coventry in 2015/16 under manager Tony Mowbray.

The next step up was the Championship and maybe this is where things went slightly wrong.

With Newcastle dropping into the Championship, any loan deal was restricted to one of the three clubs that had been promoted from League One the previous season, rather than potentially helping any club that could potentially be a threat to NUFC’s promotion hopes.

Maybe otherwise Adam Armstrong could have ended up at a stronger more competitive outfit than Barnsley, though the promoted club did punch a little above their weight. Armstrong scoring six goals in 21 Championship starts and 13 sub appearances in 2016/17.

Things really went into reverse though last summer as Adam Armstrong joined another club promoted from League One, Bolton Wanderers. They were seriously damaged by a transfer embargo which meant they couldn’t buy players, so little wonder they struggled badly early on.

Adam Armstrong was a casualty as he ended up moved out of position to the left wing and scored only one goal in 14 starts (6 from the bench) in the first half of this season, struggling to get a game in the later stages of his loan spell.

Former loan manager Tony Mowbray is now at League One promotion hopefuls Blackburn and so it looked a positive change for Armstrong to head there for the second half of this season.

Things started slowly but on Saturday the Newcastle loan striker scored a first Blackburn goal on his 21st birthday as a sub to earn a draw against Oldham, then making only his third League One start for them, Adam Armstrong scored twice last night to help Blackburn to a 2-1 away win in front of over eighteen thousand at Portsmouth.

It is a long way from there to maybe one day be playing for Newcastle United in the Premier League but if he can keep on scoring goals, then who knows.

Good luck to Adam Armstrong anyway for the rest of this season.

Blackburn are now in third and only one point off the top of League One.

Adam Armstrong:

“It was a tricky night at a tricky place to come. I’m here to score goals and I’m pleased I’ve done that tonight.

“It’s a massive relief to win. The lads showed great character to come back and win and the two goals are massive for me, personally.

“Confidence is high at the moment and we have to keep getting those three points. I scored on my birthday on Saturday and scored two more tonight, so it’s been a great few days for me.

“If you score anytime you really do get a buzz, but to get a winner so late on, it gives you that bit extra.

“The first one dropped down, my instinct took over and I placed it in the top corner. I latched onto it and caught it really well.

“The second one was an instinctive finish again, it was important to stick it in the back of the net. They were both pleasing finishes. When it dropped to me, I’m clinical in that are and I took the chance when it arrived.

“When you saw there was seven minutes added on, you did start thinking to yourself that it’ll be a case of just holding on, and I think the lads all showed great character. We dug deep and came through in the end, which is the main thing.”

  • ghostrider

    Good luck to the lad and I hope he has a decent career wherever he plays.
    I simply cannot see him ever being a regular for Newcastle and I think he knows it as well.
    It’s best for him if the club allows him to move on and try and do the best that he can, because we won’t provide it in house for him.

    • Down Under Mag

      Definitely think he needs to move on, if Blackburn do go up and sign him they will have a decent player on their hands and will be interesting to see how he fairs. He’s only 21 and could still well come back to haunt us if we let him go, but I don’t think he’s going to get the chance here and i’d hate to see him stagnate like so many before him when he can forge a good career elsewhere in a lower league.

      • ghostrider

        A good young honest, focused player he seems …and like you say, it wouldn’t be nice for him to stagnate at Newcastle.
        Hopefully he won’t come back to haunt us if he does make it elsewhere.

  • molend

    I read 30 goals in 110 minutes. By, it was a canny neet on Sunday!

    • Andy Mac

      Specsavers or congenital illness ?

  • Wor Lass

    Good luck, kidda.

  • Kneebotherm8

    Looking like Mowbray knows how to get the best out of him,Bolton was a waste of time for him….

  • I think if Blackburn are promoted they will sign Adam for 6-7m which would be a steal. I definitely think he can do as good as Gayle if not better ( younger and homegrown ). Would definitely have given him a shot and not bought Joselu.

    • mentalman

      he’s not good enough for the championshp let alone the prem

      • Down Under Mag

        We don’t actually know to be fair to the lad, he hasn’t really been given a chanc eto prove himself. The lad knows where the net is but was being played on the wing (if at all) in a poor Bolton side were struggling to create chances for any of their strikers. League 1 may be his level but I think he could do a good job in the Championship in the right team…if not the Premiership. Players are written off far too soon these days.

        • mentalman

          He didnt do much at barnsley last season

  • glassjawsh-got-banned

    you mean signs of him finding his level…

    • Andy Mac

      Although I would love to have a local born lad up top just like Shearer and Carroll before him, I agree that it’s all about the level at which he plays. Coventry was a great time for him in League One. Barnsley and Bolton not so much. Now back in the lower tier we’ll see if the thrives again ? If he does, it will be interesting to see if he stays with Blackburn (and Mowbray) next season ?

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        He’s just 21, literally just 21, Ivan Toney at 21 who is starting to get back into form. These lads need to work hard over the next 18 months, they just may make it.

    • Down Under Mag

      He was in a Bolton side who were in very poor form and was being played out of position. He’s now in a side in form and creating chances playing him in his preferred position as a striker. It’s not coincidence and not just down to his “level”. A striker can’t score goals if he isn’t getting chances created or is being played as a winger. Bolton was a terrible move for him and one that I think the clubs heirarchy who arrange these deals need to hang their heads in shame about. He’s still young and not all players are outstanding at 18, some take time to find their feet and given their chances. Look at Kane…he’s banging them in for fun now at 24 BUT there was a time when he was being loaned out to lower league clubs and doing naff all. I think NUFC have been too quick to write players off and/or refuse to give them a chance in the first place. Let’s hope that Arma continues his good form and either gets a chance for us next season or at least finds a good club to play for who value his talents.

  • Peaky Magpie

    Would like to see the lad get on but he’s more a new Chopra than a new Shearer…