By Danny Wright
Newcastle will make striker Adam Armstrong available for loan again in the summer, according to a report.
The Coventry Telegraph claims that the 20-year-old is set to spent a third season away from St. James’ Park in a bid to play first-team football.
Armstrong has been on loan at Barnsley this season but has only managed to score six goals in 35 appearances for the Tykes in all competitions.
His temporary stint at Coventry the season before proved to be a lot more successful though as the nine-time England Under-20 international smashed 20 goals in 40 matches.
It is understood that Armstrong will return to Newcastle for the pre-season but will be immediately placed on the loan list as it is unlikely that he will move above Dwight Gayle, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Daryl Murphy in Rafa Benitez’s pecking order.
The Spaniard is expected to spend big in the summer too as the Magpies return to the Premier League and owner Mike Ashley has recently promised to pump all of the club’s profits into Benitez’s transfer budget.
Armstrong could fall even further afoul of Newcastle’s first-team plans if the club decides to splash the cash on a new striker but he isn’t helped by the fact he has failed to score in 21 appearances for the Toon.
Football Insider Verdict
It’s a shame that Armstrong hasn’t been able to have much of a chance at Newcastle but his loan spell at Barnsley proved that the Magpies were right to send him elsewhere for the season. His lack of goals in the second-tier is a concern, especially when he found it so easy to find the net in League One with Coventry. Another loan spell in the Championship is possibly the right move for Armstrong but he needs to go to a club that haven’t just been promoted. A mid-table team like Brentford, Cardiff or even Aston Villa could be a good move because they’re teams that are already established in the division and know how to get goals.
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