NUFC prospect set for loan move this summer

After a year in the Championship with Barnsley, NUFC youngster Adam Armstrong looks set for another loan spell away from the club next season according to the Chronicle.

Armstrong will return to Tyneside for pre-season this summer, but is set to be loaned out once again to further the 20 year-old’s development.

The England U-20 international bagged 20 goals in 40 games during his loan spell at League 1 side Coventry in the 2015/16 season, however has had less of an impact in his latest stint at Barnsley, scoring 6 goals in 34 appearances in the Championship this term.

Doug O’Kane of the Barnsley Chronicle gave the following assessment of Armstrong’s latest loan spell:

“It’s been mixed, really.”

“You can see the fantastic potential that he has got and on occasion he really did look the part. But there have been times where he’s not really been able to get into games, and he’s been on his own front at times as well, which isn’t where I think he wants to play.”

“He came with such high hopes because of what he’d done at Coventry and when he scored that goal at Preston I think everyone expected him to really go on and get 10 or 15 goals. But it’s not been that easy for him.”

“I think Barnsley would be open to bringing him back but I suppose that depends on cost and what Newcastle have planned for him.”

Armstrong has an undoubted eye for goal, but it appears the youngster must continue to develop his all round game if he is to make the breakthrough into Newcastle’s first team over the coming years.

Hopefully he gets a loan move to a suitable Championship club next season who can best aid his development.

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