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.
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.
“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.”