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Newcastle striker ‘Shearer was my hero but I’ve always looked up to Wayne Rooney’

4 years ago

Newcastle loan striker Adam Armstrong says he really values his chats with Wayne Rooney.

Currently on top form with seven goals in his last seven games for Blackburn, the 21 year old says Alan Shearer was his childhood hero but that Wayne Rooney is somebody who has ‘helped me out a lot’.

The young Geordie striker says that ‘it’s great’ that Rooney is prepared to give him his time and encouragement.

Adam Armstrong believes that ‘A lot of people forget I’m still only 21, so the amount of games I’ve already played is massive for me going forward in my career.’

It was only last month when Armstrong turned 21 and yet he has made 123 league appearances already, spread over League One, Championship and Premier League, plus another eight appearances in cup competitions.

Not bad going for somebody only 21.

However, next season looks massive, with two years left on his Newcastle contract, surely the forward has to tear up the Championship, if he is to have any hopes of then progressing to the top tier with Newcastle United, or whoever.

With 36 first team goals already, he could easily have 40 or more by the end of this season, very impressive really and fingers crossed he can take another gigantic leap forward next season.

Adam Armstrong talking to Sky Sports:

“Obviously Newcastle are concentrating on the Premier League, which is a massive thing, so hopefully they can stay up.

“I keep in contact with the Under-23s coach [at Newcastle United] now and then but I’m focused more on getting my head down and doing well for Blackburn.

“It’s been hard to get to a game this season but I’ve got a lot of good friends there [at Newcastle] and I always check the results because I’m still a massive fan.

“The plan is to go back in the summer and assess the situation because I’ve still got two years left on my contract.”

Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney

“I grew up watching Alan Shearer, who is probably my hero from childhood, but I’ve always looked up to Wayne Rooney.

“I’ve had a few chats with him and he’s helped me out a lot.

“When I see him he just tells me to keep working hard, keep making runs like I’m doing and then things will work out for me. It’s great of him to do.”

Blackburn the right choice

“I thought Blackburn was the right choice for me…It didn’t work out the way I wanted at Bolton and I had other options, but my agent spoke to Tony [Mowbray] and things got across the line.

“I’m happy to be here to help push for promotion [to the Championship] and I’m looking forward to the last few games of the season.

“I felt like I had to be back playing up front, in and around the striker and making runs in behind. I didn’t really get to do that at Bolton and I’m thriving off it now.

“There weren’t any major issues at Bolton and I still played quite a few games, but I was playing more on the left wing, and it was more as a defensive winger than an attacking winger.

“I forgot what it was like to run in behind a defence because we were playing so deep at times.

“I just felt like I had to take a step back [to League One] to go forward, which is what I’ve done. Now I’m enjoying my football again and scoring goals.”

Tony Mowbray

“For me he [Tony Mowbray] is a really good man manager, he speaks to his players all the time and lets us know what’s going on and you can also go to him with any problems.

“On the training pitch he is very intense and, like I said, it seems to be working. He gets his thoughts across well and we all understand what he wants. Everyone is working hard for him and the fans.

“Obviously I know him from Coventry but I’ve come here and I’m playing games and doing well and that’s the main thing.”

Still only 21:

“A lot of people forget I’m still only 21, so the amount of games I’ve already played is massive for me going forward in my career.

“I’m an attacking player and I like to be in a system where I can make runs in behind a defence. I wouldn’t say you’ve got a position anymore, though. If you’re an attacking player you should be able to play anywhere across the forward line, and I’m doing that now. I’ve got the chance to run around the strikers and No 10s.”


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