By Russell Edge

28th Mar, 2018 | 5:50pm

'No reason' Newcastle fringe figure should not be featuring for first team - teammate

Blackburn Rovers star Bradley Dack has said there is “no reason” that Adam Armstrong should not playing for Newcastle United’s first team instead of in League One this season.

The 21-year-old striker left St James’ Park on loan for Championship Bolton Wanderers at the start of the season, but found himself switching clubs in January, dropping down a division to join Rovers after failing to impress with the Trotters.

He has hit a red hot streak while in the third tier though, scoring seven goals in the last seven games to help his loan side push for promotion back to the Championship after suffering relegation last season, currently sitting third in the table.

The Newcastle-born forward, who is a graduate of the Magpies’ youth system and has 21 appearances for the senior side under his belt, has been impressing his teammates while at Ewood Park, with Dack insisting that the youngster has the talent to be featuring in the Premier League on a regular basis.

He told Rovers’ official website: “Adam’s had a massive impact for us.

“He’s a great finisher, quick and sharp. He’s a massive help to the team and I knew all about his qualities.

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“We know all about his Premier League debut when he was really young and I believe he can go wherever he wants to go with his ability.

“He’s got so much quality, works hard and is really professional in the way he goes about his business. There’s no reason why he can’t play at the top level on a regular basis.”

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The young forward was tipped as one of the next best things to break out of the Magpies’ academy but as with so many young talents, he has failed to make the grade. He still has time, and a two-year contract, on his side though, and he will be hoping that his impressive form in League One can convince Rafael Benitez to give him a chance in the senior side next season. However, his inability to score goals in the Championship with Bolton will be a concern, and there will be doubts over whether he can make the step up, having only impressed when taking a step down to England’s third tier. Newcastle fans would love to see him succeed, so he will have to do his best not to let them down.

In other Newcastle United transfer news, the Magpies are eyeing up an 11-goal midfielder to fill a problem position.

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