The rumor mill is claiming that Newcastle United are interested in re-signing Adam Armstrong from Blackburn Rovers, but that would be a mistake.
Of all the clubs in England, and maybe in Europe, Newcastle United is the most desperate for a quality striker to walk through their doors this summer. The Magpies’ four strikers – Joelinton, Dwight Gayle, Andy Carroll and Yoshinori Muto – have combined to score an alarming total of one goal.
Yes, that statistic is pathetic and embarrassing, yet Newcastle United are miraculously eight points clear of the bottom three with 35 points through 29 games. This goes to show that Steve Bruce’s side has plenty of quality, but the team is only a few strikers away from knocking on the door of the top eight.
That being said, Newcastle United should learn from their mistakes in recent years and properly scout strikers this summer. According to a report published by Lancs.Live a few weeks ago, Newcastle United have joined a long list of Premier League clubs that are interested in Adam Armstrong.
Armstrong was under contract with Newcastle United from 2014 to 2018, but the striker only suited up for the club on 17 occasions, 15 of which were in the Premier League. The problem, however, is that Armstrong failed to score a single goal for the Toon.
As a result, the now 23-year-old striker was loaned out four times to the following clubs:
- Coventry City
- Bolton Wanderers
- Blackburn Rovers
When playing in lower leagues, Armstrong has scored 36 goals in four seasons, but 29 of those goals were scored in the two seasons he spent in League One. The former Newcastle United man is now under contract with Blackburn Rovers in the Championship. Armstrong has made 81 appearances for the Championship outfit, but only has 16 goals to his name.
Armstrong is a talented youngster who can develop into a decent striker, but he is not the player Newcastle United need. As a club aiming to reach new heights and chase European football in the near future, the Magpies’ scouting department need to look at quality strikers with proven track records in front of goal, and Armstrong does not fit that bill.