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Adam Armstrong medical at Southampton confirmed 3 years after Newcastle United exit

1 month ago
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A medical is now booked in for Adam Armstrong at Southampton.

Sky Sports reporting the development after Monday morning saw a deal agreed by both clubs.

A transfer fee of around £15m-£17m set to see Newcastle United bank a further £6m+, after a 40% sell-on clause was included when Blackburn signed him back on August 6 2018. The Southampton medical happening on Tuesday according to Sky Sports.

Some Newcastle United fans (and neutrals) now questioning the wisdom of selling Adam Armstrong for an initial up front £1.8m transfer fee three years ago.

The same with Ivan Toney, who left NUFC two days after Adam Armstrong, Toney also set to take on the Premier League challenge this coming season. When he joined Brentford it triggered his 40% Newcastle sell-on clause last summer, NUFC banking another £2m-£4m depending on which reports / transfer fee estimates you read.

So was this pure bad management by Rafa Benitez and / or Newcastle United to allow these two strikers to leave back in August 2018?

Well, fair to say not many, if any, Newcastle United fans were against the sale of Adam Armstrong at the time. Nor indeed of Ivan Toney two days later.

Simply for me a recognition that Adam Armstrong fell below what was needed in the Premier League, a very decent striker who would make a living in the lower leagues but lacking that something extra to make it in the top tier.

When Adam Armstrong scored only five goals in 44 Championship appearances in 2018/19, it appeared to simply confirm that general viewpoint above. Though much of that season he was used in a wide role.

However, I am happy to admit that I was totally wrong back then about Adam Armstrong.

The past two years have seen Adam Armstrong hit 44 goals in 80 Championship starts (plus 6 sub appearances). This most recent season he managed 28 in 40 league starts.

Considering Blackburn ended up 15th in the Championship in 2020/21, it makes Adam Armstrong’s achievement all the more impressive.

In what has proved to be his final Blackburn appearance, Adam Armstrong scored a hat-trick in a 5-2 win over Birmingham, his third hat-trick of the season and making it seven goals in his last ever three Championship games for Rovers.

It is now time for Adam Armstrong to move on / up, finally make that final step and take on the Premier League, three years after leaving Newcastle United.

I have to confess that I was totally wrong, Adam Armstrong is a great finisher but I just thought he wouldn’t be able to get into those positions in the top flight. I know it sounds a bit daft to say it because he is yet to score a single Premier League goal BUT Adam Armstrong last season in the Championship, has for me left no doubt that he can make the step up AND score regularly in the Premier League.

You just have to look at the quality and variety of his goals, a real quality finisher and still only 24.

Some people questioned whether Newcastle United selling Adam Armstrong was the right thing to do. The reality is that both he and Ivan Toney had to go elsewhere to play football in the lower divisions and develop, doing that by making permanent moves is far far better and more likely to happen (players progress) than endless loan deals.

Here are a few key facts about Adam Armstrong and his career so far:

Age 24 (born 10 February 1997)

Has scored 44 goals in 80 Championship starts in 2019/20 and 2020/21.

Has already scored 85 goals in league football, 93 goals in all first team matches.

Not bad going for somebody at his age.

Good luck to Adam Armstrong in the Premier League this coming season. Southampton visit St James Park on Saturday 28 August in the third set of PL matches, could be interesting.

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