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After 31 goals in 52 games for his country does Newcastle United striker not deserve more respect?

12 months ago
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When you are only 21 and have already scored 38 goals in club football and 31 for your country, doesn’t it suggest you have a little something going for you?

Newcastle United’s Adam Armstrong hasn’t done an awful lot wrong but plenty of fans appear very happy to already write him off where NUFC are concerned.

Not a perfect comparison but underneath senior level, Harry Kane scored 17 goals for England at the various age groups, compared to Adam Armstrong currently on 31 international goals for England at the younger age groups.

I saw an interesting thread on Twitter today from a Newcastle fan (see below) who thought Adam Armstrong had been dismissed too quickly, amongst his points was that only two England players have scored more than 30 goals at the youth levels and the other one is Michael Owen.

Adam Armstrong has the following record so far and will hope to add to it when England play Scotland in the Toulon Tournament semi-finals a little later today:

Under 16 – 6 appearances and 2 goals

Under 17 – 12 appearances and 10 goals

Under 18 – 9 appearances and 8 goals

Under 19 – 9 appearances and 3 goals

Under 20 – 13 appearances and 7 goals

Under 21 – 3 appearances and 1 goals

Newcastle fans are correct not to get too carried away with Armstrong but on the other hand he doesn’t deserve to be dismissed just yet.

Whilst out on loan, his only really disappointing spell was at Bolton in the early part of this season, a club that was all over the place and hadn’t been allowed to buy any players last summer due to a transfer embargo. They did gradually recover and just stay up but in a struggling team and played out of position on the left wing, no surprise he struggled for goals.

However, his overall profile for club and country shows a young player who, if he gets in the positions, scores goals.

The thing is, watching footage of him, he has a bit of everything and can shoot with both feet, plus he creates a lot of goals – two already for Tammy Abraham over in Toulon.

It would be daft to move him on this summer but Adam Armstrong needs a massive season out on loan at a Championship club in 2018/19 to really kick on.

Good luck to him in doing so and potentially becoming a Newcastle United star of the future.

Newcastle fan Brian Glaister has written via his Twitter account:

‘Adam Armstrong has played 52 games for England scoring 31 goals for England. He has joined Michael Owen as the only England player to score over 30 goals at youth level. And yes there are well known strikers who have played more games

‘Adam Armstrong got great experience at Barnsley and Bolton. Not as a striker, 9 goals not great, mind his Barnsley Goal of Season was great. He was played all over the park and has improved his teamwork and defensive qualities. Must be tough not being automatic choice

‘Most #NUFC fans would have liked to have seen Adam Armstrong in their Championship team last year. But you know what think Rafa got it spot on, last two seasons massive improvement in his all round game and increased his #Commitment to win. Probs why Best England player in Toulon

‘A few fans use the term ‘found his level’ every time Adam Armstrong scored another great goal for  #Rovers. Imagine how tough it was to step back down to League1. But he knew he had to get back scoring goals and rejoined Tony Mowbray a manager who knows his game  and #Commitment

‘England U21s have three great young strikers Adam Armstrong, Tammy Abrahams and Dom Solanke. My hope is that these three are England’s strike force for years to come. But just stop and think, whose had a tougher route to the top, the Geordie lad or the two Chelsea lads?’


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