Confirmed: Newcastle secure short term exit of struggling attacker
Newcastle United have confirmed that young striker Adam Armstrong has joined League One side Blackburn Rovers on loan until the end of the season.
The Magpies revealed the short term arrangement with the former Premier League champions via their official Twitter account as well as their website.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 9, 2018
The move is the second loan spell the 20-year-old will have gone on this season, having spent the first half of the campaign with Championship club Bolton Wanderers.
However he struggled in front of goal with the Trotters, having been pushed out on to the left wing for much of his game time, and ended with just three goals in 23 appearances at the Macron Stadium.
A graduate of the youth system at St James’ Park, he has turned out 21 times for the senior side, but is still waiting for his first goal for the club.
Football Insider verdict
At 20-years-old, Armstrong is beginning to reach the stage of his career which will determine his eventual success. He will still have a lot to learn, and it appears as though Newcastle still have faith in him as a centre forward, despite Bolton’s decision to use him as a left winger. However, with 21-year-old players starting to establish themselves as regulars in the first team at St James’ Park (summer signing Mikel Merino), Armstrong will know this loan move could be make or break for him, and could even determine whether Newcastle get rid of him for good.
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