Adam Armstrong put behind him a disappointing loan spell with Bolton in the first half of the season, going on to hit nine goals in an eight week spell, which helped take Blackburn to automatic promotion.

Many Newcastle fans expected the logical step to be the 21 year old Geordie striker returning for another loan spell this season, to see if he could then show the same form in the Championship, working with Tony Mowbray.

Adam Armstrong scored 20 goals in League One when going to Coventry as an 18 year old, then was reunited with Mowbray last season at Blackburn.

Blackburn fans have been left wondering why there appears to have been no move for Adam Armstrong so far – but Tony Mowbray has revealed that he has spoken to Newcastle United about the striker. The Blackburn manager also confirming he had spoken to Middlesbrough about attacking player Harry Chapman, who was also on loan at Ewood Park last season.

However, Mowbray says that whilst Adam Armstrong is ‘very much in the mix’ as a transfer target, but he isn’t top of the list. The Blackburn boss indicates that he sees players who have more experience of the Championship, and who have scored more goals at that level, as his priority.

So far, Adam Armstrong has four loan spells, two in the Championship and two in League One, his goal records:

Championship: Played 54 (35 starts, 19 as sub) and scored 7 goals

League One: Played 61 (55 starts, 6 as sub) and scored 29 goals

With a goal every two games at League One level, Armstrong has already shown he is very very good at that level.

At Championship level or above though, it is still all potential.

My reading of what Tony Mowbray is saying, is that he would definitely take the Newcastle striker on loan again but isn’t able to, or doesn’t want to buy him.

Earlier this summer it was reported that Adam Armstrong was one of the players that Rafa wanted to sell, rather than loan out again, with Mowbray’s quotes potentially backing up those claims.

Armstrong got a boost this summer when promoted to the England Under 21s and did very well at the Toulon tournament.

Tony Mowbray speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph:

“I think they (Adam Armstrong and Harry Chapman) are very much still very much in the mix (to be signed this summer).

“I don’t think we should be talking about other teams’ players but I have had some conversations with their clubs.

“We have lists and they are not, and have not been, at the top of those lists.

“They are two young boys and I think it’s right that they are not right at the top of the lists because if we are to be competitive in this division then we need players who have more experience, more goals and game-time in the league and understanding of it that bit better.

“Sometimes targets drift away, someone buys them for £7m and you think ‘wow’.”



  • Cartoon

    loan him out for another year it won`t cost the club anything i`d like to see local lads given a chance

    • Down Under Mag

      We only do loans when we are acquiring players now it seems and sell outright for outgoings. That way we spend less and make more profit.

  • Paul Patterson

    Keep him and bring him on for a few games.
    Here’s a question–who would you rather see play, either from the start or from the bench, Muto or Armstrong? I’d prefer Armstrong.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      i can’t say i’ve seen that much of Muto. Armstrong tends to look a bit limited against better defenders but he’s developing. Both Toney & Armstrong have to break through at Championship level this year. Armstrong has had a couple of goes and failed.

      • H

        He needs to go to somewhere he can play in his preferred position

        Bolton kept him out to wide i think as a left mid at times

        A year in the champo with Mowbray and he’d excell imo

      • NUFCLX

        Fleckman is that u or me posting

        • FleckmanIsNUFCLX

          A good troll replies to themselves and often gives a different viewpoint in order to make people believe they are different identities, it’s trolling 101. Disqus have been emailed, I won’t comment again until I get a reply from them.

          • NUFCLX

            You told on us – how vicious.
            What u going to do when Disqus replies that u are in fact a troll and FOS.
            Trying to figure out who u r, r u Leazes, Jezza, Wezza or just one of their sad followers, cannot make my mind up just now.
            Do me a favour and tell Fleckman if we are the same person he owes me a fortune, why should I pay the bills every month.

          • Toontaff

            I know who I’m calling – trollbusters!

          • Wezza

            Its very sad behaviour indeed.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          I don’t know brother, it’s like posting in a mirror!

    • Billmag

      Muto and I have never seen him play that tells you how much I think of Arma it’s a pity because I would love to see local lads do well.

  • Jonathan Gibson

    Im black and white through and through but armstrong is just another brayson, chopra etc, simply not good enough no matter where he is from. Dummet is our only recent local academy success.

    • Paul Patterson

      Yeah, but where’s the harm in giving him 20 minutes when a game is won?

      • Jonathan Gibson

        Id struggle to remember a game where we are so comfortable that the game was won with 20 minutes to go, if he did give him a shot it would be in the no10 position were he played for coventry most of the time. Hes too small, weak and not enough pace for no9 and dont understand why england u21s play him right wing. Another full season loan at a championship club would be best.

  • Peter Robson

    I love Rafa and all he has done in uniting the fans and the players to pull together, but I honestly think Rafa and his backroom team and anyone else involved in the development of players like Adam Armstrong are being blinkered !!! What does he have to do to prove himself ?
    Mitro was a dud for us and Rafa was right to ditch him.
    I fear Gayle has blown his chance to prove himself at this level.
    Joselu ? FFS what can I say that´s not already been said about him ?
    Pick Armstrong and give him opportunities to prove himself, show some balls Rafa.
    What have you got to lose ?
    Vardy did it, he went from non-league obscurity to Premier League winner.
    If you really are in touch with the fans, then give him a fair crack of the whip !!!°

    • Billmag

      Show some balls Rafa, and you expect him to put an inexperienced boy into the team a lad that has had to drop into the third league football to try and prove himself haway man it’s not a charity the manager is trying to stop this ship from sinking.

      • Ram Kishore

        There’s nothing wrong in giving him few PL chances..
        Many on here believe Joselu is not doing much after being given many chances, why not Armstrong deserve one?

        • Billmag

          Are you aware the boy had to go down 2 leagues to try and prove himself and you want to play him in the Premier league give over man.

          • Ram Kishore

            Dele Alli was plying his trade in league 1

          • Billmag

            Yes and fatty wouldn’t stump up the money to buy him, for every Deli Ali there are hundreds that don’t make it.

    • NUFCLX

      Good post. Nobody will know for sure unless he is given a chance. Keep him, put him on the bench and let him come on as a sub, then if he makes a good few appearances as does nothing we will know.
      IMO he should be the back up for Perez next season.

      • Billmag

        If he did no good he would get pelters and what would that do for boys career, it’s unfortunate but the boy just isn’t good enough for either the premiership or the championship.

        • NUFCLX

          If he got pelters it would show us what he has, he could fold or show his character and prove people wrong.
          All I am saying is give him a chance, if he was some kind of Billy big shot I would not waste my time on him, but he seems like a genuine kid who deserves a chance.

          • Billmag

            If we were a comfortable premier team fair enough give him a chance, but we cannot afford to just carry someone and say stick him on and see what he can do.

          • NUFCLX

            Personally,if we were 1 down with 10 mins to go I would rather see him come off the bench than the Hos.

          • Billmag

            Or give owa man has Arma ever kicked a ball in anger in the prem, you ask the Barnsley fans what they thought of him and as far as Joselu is concerned he is just a whipping lad for everyone on here.

          • NUFCLX

            The Hos is a whipping lad for a reason.

          • Billmag

            And the reason is he was a last minute buy owing to the owner putting Rafa in an untenable situation, that shouldn’t be a reason to slag the lad off.

          • Wezza

            That’s Clarko, another troll alias.

    • Mrkgw

      A fair crack of the whip? Mitro hardly got that from Rafa did he. And so, unlikely that Armstrong will get a sniff. I don’t think that he is Premiership class which is a shame given the fact that we face another year with a blunt forward line.

    • Wezza

      I agree. He clearly has the talent and should be given a chance.

  • Mxpx

    I’d rather see him sent out on loan than spend all season on the bench BUT I’d definitely consider him a better option than joselu match time is the most important consideration for his career right now though if hes not going to be playing happy for him to be at Blackburn

  • NUFCLX

    I would love to see the comments if he left and went on to greater things. Just imagine him going to a big club in a couple of years time and everyone commenting on how we never give youth a chance. Nobody expects him to start but at least give him a chance.

  • Danimal

    Sell him to a good league one club. If he gets promoted with them he might hit the ground running in the Championship. Good luck to him, hope he does really well.

  • Tino11

    I think a loan until january at a championship club, playing in his best position, is what’s needed for him. If he does very well then we can bring him back for the rest of the season and use him as an impact sub. If he struggles until january then either leave him at the same club or get another club to take him for the rest of the season. A decision on his long term future likely has to be made by next summer at the latest.

  • Toontaff

    Guess the fact that all the Ashley out groups have joined together to form The Magpie Group and form a single group with one aim, isn’t worthy of mention?

    • Tino11

      Where have you read about this, sounds promising?

      • Toontaff

        There is an article on newsnow from The Shields Gazette, an open letter, but the ifrafagoeswego and other groups have it all on their sites, too.

        • Toontaff

          True Faith, Ashley Out, NUFC Fans United, #IfRafaGoesWeGo, the Newcastle United Supporters Trust and Wor Flags are all involved in The Magpie Group, whose name pays homage to the protest group of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

          • Tino11

            Thank you, I’ll check it out.

          • Tino11

            Just read it, I wonder if ‘The Mag’ will join!

          • Toontaff

            Will be an interesting one! Surely they should be writing an article on it.

          • NUFCLX

            Just read it, finally the fans are getting together just like during the sack the board years. If anyone can force change it is the fans who go to games that can bring media attention to it and force the FCB out.

          • Down Under Mag

            The final spark that is needed is for Rafa to come out and openly criticise the owner and the way the club is being run. He won’t because he has more integrity than that and doesn’t want to tarnish his own reputation because of Ashley, but it is painful to watch what is happening to the club now. The uncertainty over rafa, the fact we’ve made such a profit this window and the fact that the club is a total shambles…i’m glad the groups look to be getting together on this for the first time, that was always going to be the issue. Hopefully it doesn’t subside if we win our opening match, things need to change.

          • Leicester Mag

            Wouldn’t bet on it the Mag has splinters in its ar$e sitting on the fence playing fans vs trolls

          • Jezza

            The way I remember it, the Magpie Group was actually a group of investors lead by John Hall who were trying to buy out the incumbent regime. The main protest group at the time was United Supporters for Change or USC.

          • Toontaff

            I was quoting from The Shields Gazette! The main thing is at least the groups are all getting together with one goal. Hopefully, they have some influential backing!

          • Jezza

            Fair enough, looks like the Gazette didn’t quite get it right. Still a much better paper than the Chronicle these days..

          • Vincent Gigante

            Is there going to be ‘BoardBusters” tee-shirts?

  • SuperDesHamilton

    Tony Mowbray reminds me of an undertaker

  • ghostrider

    Armstrong needs to be a used player as part of our squad this season and if not then sell him on and give the lad a chance to develop.
    Loaning him out is all well and good if the end product is using him to our advantage.
    He’s 21 now and needs to at least have an idea as to where his career path will take him.

  • Peter Robson

    I want to see the back of Ashley as much as anyone on here, but this is supposed to be an article about Adam Armstrong and as usual it gets hijacked and turned into a discussion forum about our Horrible owner.

    Can we please restrict our (yes I´m sometimes guilty too) dicussions to the topic of the article ?
    Every day there is at least one item aboutthe poor way our club is being run, I´m sure we can use that opportunity to have a good whinge.
    Failing that there´s always the garden fence to share our complaints !!!

    • Ben Jones

      You’ve got no chance, they’re morons