Newcastle striker Adam Armstrong has told the Evening Chronicle he has not sure about whether he will be sent out on loan once again this season or if manager Rafa Benitez wants him as part of his first team squad for the upcoming season in the Championship.
The 19 year old spent last season on loan in League One at Coventry City where he scored 20 goals and the striker says he is confident that he could do a job in the Championship if he is needed:
“Maybe the manager will choose a path for me with a loan or I will play in the Championship. I think I am ready for the Championship. But it will be down to the gaffer and his staff to see what he thinks. Obviously, there’s a lot of competition between all of the lads – we thrive off that so it’s great.”
Armstrong will have to compete with new £10million signing Dwight Gayle, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez for a starting place next season, and with Benitez favouring a three man forward line, with only one central striker, the local lad may find it hard to get first team opportunities. He was included in the club’s preseason training trip to Ireland and the forward will be hoping to make a good enough impression on Benitez in training to be part of the club’s first team plans for the new season.