According to West London Sport, Queens Park Rangers enquired about taking Adam Armstrong on loan for the remainder of this season as the transfer deadline loomed.
They were foiled as the striker had agreed terms with Barnsley whilst Newcastle were unwilling to loan the youngster to a club they deemed to be promotion rivals.
There was disappointment in some quarters with the decision to loan the ‘local boy made good’ to the Tykes. However, as Rafa Benitez has made clear today, it was part of his planned development rather than looking to put a youngster into the shop window.
Soemtimes those decisions run contrary to what we would like although it’s fair to question the move in comparison to the purchase of Daryl Murphy. At 33, the former Ipswich striker has the experience but Armstrong is more about potential.
A season in Yorkshire with a Championship team, having done well at Coventry City last year, might serve us better in the long run.