Date: 16th May 2018 at 5:39pm
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OPINION

Newcastle United need to score more goals if they are to push on and achieve a European place next season, that much is for certain.

Rafa Benitez’s men netted just 39 goals in their 38 Premier League games in 2017/18, which is the eighth-worst record in the division.

They had their tight defence to thank for securing them a tenth-place finish at the end of the season, but improving upon that will be impossible if the goals do not come more freely at the other end.

Current strikers Dwight Gayle, Joselu and Aleksandar Mitrovic do not cut it at the required level, and there needs to be a rethink up front this summer.

One option, and one that will certainly interest many fans, is right under the club’s noses.

Young striker Adam Armstrong has confirmed that he is heading back to Tyneside after a successful spell on loan at Blackburn Rovers.

As quoted by Blackburn’s official Twitter account, he said: “From the minute I joined Rovers, it’s been a great experience. I’ll head back to Newcastle for pre-season and then we will see what the plan is there.”