The exit of Papiss Cisse from Newcastle United could prove to be very beneficial for Adam Armstrong.
It has been confirmed that Papiss Cisse has departed Newcastle United to join Chinese Super League outfit Shandong Luneng and the Magpies have pocketed around £2.5 million from the transfer.
Given the fact that Cisse was already 31 and that he was seemingly surplus to requirements, many feel Newcastle have done very well by offloading the striker for the aforementioned fee.
In addition to the sale of Cisse making financial sense, it could pave the way for teenage sensation Adam Armstrong to earn regular first team football at St. James’ Park during the upcoming Championship campaign.
Armstrong scored a stunning 20 goals in League One last season during his loan spell with Coventry City and the wonderful performances was a clear indication that the 19-year-old is ready for regular first team football at Newcastle, especially in the Championship.
However, there were reports that Armstrong could once again be shipped out on a temporary deal and the youngster was said to be attracting the interest of no less than 20 teams.
With the departure of Cisse though, the striker’s chances of earning minutes on the pitch for the Magpies this season have considerably improved.
Admittedly, he will be facing stiff competition from the likes of Dwight Gayle, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez for a starting spot but such a competitive environment will only be good for Armstrong’s development and he will surely have to work hard in order to earn his stripes during the upcoming campaign.