After only one league goal in 10 months, Adam Armstrong is now back in a rich vein of form.

A disappointing loan season at Barnsley saw only six Championship goals and then worse was to follow as the Newcastle striker scored just once after joining Bolton in the summer.

Ending up playing on the left wing and then eventually regularly left out of the team, little wonder Rafa Benitez had no intention of Adam Armstrong staying on there.

Moving to Blackburn Rovers for the rest of this season, joining up once again with Tony Mowbray looks to have done the trick. A manager who knows his game inside out after managing him as an 18 year old at Coventry when scoring 20 goals in his first full season of first team football.

It is still only League One football at the minute but playing  in a more central role, Adam Armstrong  is once again showing that like all natural goalscorers, he will score at any level if getting into the positions.

Monday night saw all eyes understandably on Wigan beating Manchester City in the FA Cup but whilst that was going on, Newcastle fans Danny Graham and Adam Armstrong were scoring the goals that saw Blackburn beat Bury 2-0 to overtake Wigan and Shrewsbury and go top of League One.

This now makes it four goals for Armstrong in nine days and his confidence is bubbling over once again.

Though he still has time on his side after turning 21 this month, to be standing any chance of making it in the Premier League with Newcastle, he surely has to be proving himself next season in the Championship.

An ideal scenario looks to be if Blackburn and Tony Mowbray can get promotion, then another year with them could do wonders for Adam Armstrong.

Tony Mowbray:

“You need to keep your nerve sometimes and we’ve had to do that as well. The lads are very focused and know what’s expected.

“You could feel how disappointed our fans were at half time and the players were frustrated too but we got the job done.

“We know there’s a huge expectation at this club to win every game and you can’t always play champagne football, it’s about getting the job done and tonight we did.

“I think the most important thing is the points. We weren’t at our most fluid, Bury didn’t give us much room and made life really difficult at times.

“We decided at half time to go a bit longer and push bodies forward, we did something similar against Oldham and ultimately got the job done.

“I was a bit frustrated we weren’t as fluid as we can be, but we got the win and a clean sheet – I’m delighted for the defenders and the goalkeeper.”



  • Wor Lass

    I`m sure I read, in the previous article about him, a quote from Mowbray saying that they`d mixed it up and sometimes had Arma playing on the wing – just like Bolton. Good luck to the lad. Some players have come good a bit later in life so you never know but I suspect he might have found his level in League 1.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Think you may be right,more next Chopra than next Shearer..

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Think Championship will be his level if he can step it up a bit. Seems a twenty goals a man in league one. Unfortunately the Premiership will be a step to far he might end up with Rangers in time. Just hope he makes a good living out the game.

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Hes got plenty time still and learning his craft. Hopefully rovers get promoted and he gets a real run centrally at championship level. There are so many players come through later now due to the way the prem is setup. He just needs time and games plus a manager playing him properly. He will adapt.

  • Nut

    Still early days for Armstrong, Mitrovic and many of our other players. They are still young and now a days in the premier league the quality and experience is becoming higher and higher which is one of the reasons why in many sides players are not breaking through until much later.

    As someone else pointed out even Shearer didn’t become truely prolific until he was older and even he experienced barren seasons/times in his career.

    It’s tougher now than it ever was back then. Our previous managers have done us no favours by not loaning out the bulk of our younger players, because of this many of them haven’t made the grade.

    Rafa knows this is an important part of the game and is utilising it far more and I am sure over future seasons should he continue as our manager he will build a loan system here similar to how Chelsea go about things.

    Anyone can have a bad loaname that doesn’t work out for them where they end up playing under a “Pardew” type manager who stifles their game and/or find themselves playing in a side producing nothing, unfortunately Armstrong has experienced a few of those the past few seasons because he has proven himself already with England.

    I think the lad just like Mitrovic needs time under the right manager to bloom, question is will they get it?

  • Rich Lawson

    Good lad,keep it up for the rest of the season.Don’t think it’s a coincedence that Tony Mowbray was also his manager at Coventry.

  • Andy Mac

    “It is still only League One football at the minute but playing in a more central role, Adam Armstrong is once again showing that like all natural goalscorers, he will score at any level if getting into the positions”

    I think you’ll find the jury’s stiil out on that one ?

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    Bring him back in the Summer, Ivan Tony and Armstrong could save us millions.

    Whilst that would be nice, both players need to press on in the next 12 months. Same with Aarons at Verona

  • Down Under Mag

    The lad is a natural finisher, BUT the big question mark remains over what level he can do it at. The higher the level the less time and space he will have and it could be that he has found his level…one of those too good for one division but not quite good enough for the next tier. Time will tell, unfortunately I don’t think it will be a case of him getting his Premiership feet wet with us…if Rafa stays and we get new owners then I can see Arma getting sold.