Alan Shearer believes it is ‘great news’ for Adam Armstrong that he has now completed a permanent move to Blackburn – whilst fellow NUFC legend Rob Lee has stated how ‘amazed’ he is that the 21-year old wasn’t given a chance to NUFC.
Given our desperate need for a new striker and his recent call-up to England’s U-21 set up, some hoped this would be the summer the Geordie youngster was finally going to be given a chance to shine at Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez has clearly seen enough, however, instead decided to cash in after Blackburn’s offer of £1.75m (rising to £3m) – a decision Lee hopes we don’t ‘live to regret’.
Here’s both Shearer and Lee’s reactions after his permanent move to Ewood Park was made official this afternoon:
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) August 6, 2018
Newcastle hardly have an abundance of goalscorers these days ……amazed @AdamArma9 never given a chance!!! Hope we don’t regret that !!
— Rob Lee (@7RobLee) August 6, 2018
The fact that Shearer calls it ‘great news’ makes me wonder if he knows this was a move he had to make for the sake of his career.
After four loan moves in the last three years, it was about time a decision was made on his long-term future.
The question is, was selling him the right one?
It’s one we may live to regret, but I’d question if he really has done enough to convince Rafa. After all, he only actually delivered during loan spells in League One, being yet to prove himself in the Championship never mind the Premier League..