Blackburn Rovers have announced the signing of Adam Armstrong on loan from Newcastle United until the end of the season.
The 20-year-old spent the first half of this season on loan at Championship side Bolton Wanderers but was recalled at the start of the window as Bolton used Armstrong as a winger, rather than an out-and-out forward.
Armstrong is a life-long Newcastle fan and was born in the area. He joined the youth set-up at St. James’ Park, climbing through the ranks before signing his first professional contract in the 2013-14 season.
He made his debut on the 15th March 2014 as a substitute in a Premier League defeat to Fulham. His first start for the Magpies came on 24th September 2014, Armstrong started his first game for Newcastle in a League Cup third round match against Crystal Palace. Newcastle won 3–2 in extra time, with Armstrong providing assists for two of Newcastle’s goals
In July 2015, Armstrong joined Coventry City on a youth loan, where Rovers’ current manager Tony Mowbray was the manager at the Ricoh Arena. Under Mowbray, he went on to make 40 appearances in all competitions for the Midlands outfit, scoring 20 goals – and he made the PFA Team of the Year for Leaue One.
Last season, Armstrong went on loan to Championship outfit Barnsley. scoring 6 goals in 34 league appearances. The forward returned to the Championship this season to join Rovers’ local rivals Bolton Wanderers but returned this window after being misused by manager Phil Parkinson.
He’s represented England at U16, U17, U18, U19 and U20 level – scoring a total of 30 goals in 49 games.
Adam Armstrong was also part of the England Under-20 side who won the World Cup in South Korea, making 4 appearances and scoring one goal. He was an unused substitute in the final with Venezuela, alongside current Rovers player Harry Chapman.
Armstrong will add much-needed pace to the Rovers squad, whilst adding a composed head in front of goal. If he can replicate his form that he showed under Mowbray at Coventry, it’d be a big boost to the Rovers squad.
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