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’.”