By Richard Parks
Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray is convinced that Newcastle United will be keeping a close eye on the exploits of in-form striker Adam Armstrong.
Mowbray has been blown away by the impact of 21-year-old forward and insisted that his parent club Newcastle will be well aware of how he is ripping up League One.
Armstrong has scored seven goals in 12 league appearances for Blackburn since joining them in the January transfer window.
“I don’t know what else to say about Adam, to be honest,” said Mowbray as quoted by the Lancashire Telegraph.
“He’s a young lad learning the game, and I’m sure Rafa Benitez will see the video clips of all of the goals he’s scoring.
“He scored a fantastic goal against Wigan and two more brilliant goals against Blackpool, goals like his second one are never easy but he kept it down and put it into the corner.
“He also works extraordinarily hard, it’s not as though he’s a striker who just stands there, I’ll look forward to him scoring many more goals.
“He’s a young guy who’s come from a Premier League club and, with all respect to League One, his attributes and quality, his ability to score with both feet, mean he’s better than League One I’d suggest.”
Football Insider verdict:
Used on the left of a front three, Armstrong has made a huge impact for League One leaders Blackburn and has helped them stay on course for automatic promotion. Certainly, he is too good for England’s third tier. But is he good enough for the Premier League and Newcastle? The England Under-20 international is yet to score in 21 senior Toon appearances, the majority of which have come as a substitute, but the club rate him highly and have been keen for him to develop and learn his trade during various loan spells at Football League clubs. He is a hugely promising forward, but there are question marks as to whether he has the game needed to lead the line for a top-flight club.
In other Newcastle United news, the Magpies are firmly in the hunt to sign a Manchester City winger who is out of contract in the summer.