By Russell Edge

27th Mar, 2018 | 2:15pm

Red hot attacker reveals constant Newcastle talks, confirms crucial summer plans

Blackburn Rovers loanee Adam Armstrong has revealed he is in constant contact with parent club Newcastle United and confirmed that he is to focus on planning his future in summer.

The 21-year-old left St James’ Park on loan in January after a disappointing spell with Championship side Bolton Wanderers, dropping down a league to link up with former Premier League champions Rovers.

The pacey forward, who is a graduate of Newcastle’s youth acadaemy, has been in red hot form since joining the League One outfit, netting seven goals in as many games to help his side push for automatic promotion back to the second tier, having been relegated last season.

Speaking of his future, he has confirmed he keeps in touch with the under-23 coaches at the Magpies, and that he will judge what is best for his future in crucial plans come the end of the season.

He told Sky Sports: “Obviously they’re concentrating on the Premier League which is a massive thing so hopefully they can stay up.

“I keep in contact with the Under-23s coach now and then. The plan is to go back in the summer and assess the situation because I’ve still got two years left on my contract.”

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Armstrong has made a total of 21 appearances for Newcastle’s senior side during his career, but is yet to find the back of the net for his boyhood club.

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This summer may be make-or-break for the youngster, for he has failed to develop to the heights expected at one time. He was supposed to be the next breakthrough starlet at St James’ Park, something the club have really struggled with considering Paul Dummett is the last man to come through the youth system and into the first team, but playing in League One is hardly encouraging for his future. Hopefully for Rafael Benitez and Armstrong himself, his goal scoring form will push him on to improve and stake a claim for the senior side – otherwise it could be goodbye to another hot prospect.

In other Newcastle United transfer news, one £5million flop must be the first man out the door this summer.

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