This question has been in the back of my mind since the start of the season. Would Adam Armstrong be better off back with us once his loan deal with Barnsley expires on January 3rd, 2017 or should he stay with them for the entire season? Let’s first look at how’s he’s done so far with Barnsley: 3 appearances, 2 goals, 0 assists, 77.5% of his passes were successfully completed and he averages 2.8 shots per game. He’s scored so far against Preston and Reading.
Well what to make of the stats? First of all it’s a small sample size but 2 goals in 3 appearances is very encouraging. I won’t make any direct comparisons to Newcastle strikers yet (Hello Ayoze?) but it may not be long before it becomes very clear which player is progressing faster. Adam has also been an excellent striker for various England national sides with 10 goals in 12 appearances for the U-17’s and 8 goals in 9 appearances for the U-18’s as the highlights. A very decent record indeed! Overall he’s got 18 goals in 37 appearances at all age levels.
My own view is to take a look at his progress versus Perez at the end of December with a view to recalling him if he continues to perform well and Ayoze continues to struggle. That’s a given for me. Rafa won’t sit idle if we continue to have inconsistent displays up front. A recall would give Perez direct competition for his place and might result in great improvement for him and a huge positive result for us. If Perez can’t improve then Armstrong should be back with us in the new year.