Adam Armstrong has confirmed that he is due to return to Newcastle United after a successful loan spell at Blackburn Rovers.

Armstrong, 21, moved to Ewood Park in January and helped Rovers finish second in League One and earn promotion back to the Championship.

The centre-forward scored nine goals in 21 appearances across all competitions for Blackburn and he has admitted that he will have to see what the future holds for him once he returns to St James’ Park.

“It’s been amazing here,” he said, as quoted by Blackburn’s official Twitter account. “From the minute I joined Rovers, it’s been a great experience.

“I’ll head back to Newcastle for pre-season and then we will see what the plan is there.”

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If Armstrong is not going to get a first team place at Newcastle next season, then he never will. Rafa Benitez has completely overlooked using the club’s younger players in his time at St James’ Park and Armstrong is one of the best ones. The 21-year-old has been in good form at Blackburn, but will it be enough to impress Benitez? Unfortunately, it does not seem to be the case and Armstrong will most likely be offloaded in the summer on a permanent basis, rather than yet another loan. Blackburn were the fourth club he was sent to in the last few seasons and while he has earned a lot of first team experience, his time away from Tyneside has probably put him completely out of the reckoning to get into the senior side. Benitez will probably have a good look at him in pre-season, but unless he does something miraculous, it’s hard to see him sticking around.

In other Newcastle United news, Benitez has been in contact with this title-winning colossus ahead of a potential summer deal.

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