October 23rd, 2016

Sky Blues snap up Newcastle striker Adam Armstrong on six-month loan

HIGHLY rated Newcastle United and England youth striker Adam Armstrong has joined the Sky Blues on a six-month loan deal.

Tony Mowbray has used his close relationship with Magpies boss Steve McClaren to land the promising 18-year-old who is eager to play first team football on a regular basis.

The England Under-18 international has been tipped to have a bright future by his parent club having already made 19 first team appearances, two of which have been starts.

He has demonstrated his ability in front of goal for Newcastle’s Under-21s and the teenager has also impressed for his country too having scored over 20 goals at England youth level.

The loan deal will see Armstrong remain at the Ricoh Arena until January 16, 2016 and the teenager is determined to make a big impact during his time with the Sky Blues.

He told the club’s official website: “I’m delighted to get it done as it is massive in my career. It’s a big move and I can’t wait to get started.

“I want to progress during my time here and do really well for the club. I like to think I’m quick and got a few skills about me.

“I’ve got an eye for goals and I want to score a lot of goals for the club. I’ve got to claim my place in the side first but that’s the aim.

“I’m really looking forward to the start of the season against Wigan Athletic and can’t wait to get started.

“I’ll be putting in 100 per cent for the club in every game as I want to take this chance.”

Despite his young age, Armstrong was seen as a squad player at Newcastle last season but has since fallen down the pecking order at St James’ Park.

Mowbray has a good relationship with the Magpies boss dating back to his time at Hibernian when former England boss McClaren loaned Mowbray several players during his reign at the Riverside.

The City boss is looking forward to seeing Armstrong in action and is convinced he will deliver goals despite his young age.

He added: “Adam is a striker we’ve been tracking throughout the summer and a prospect we’re really excited by.

“He has a fantastic eye for goal and his movement in the area makes life difficult for defenders.

“It is also an important stage of his development and he needs first-team games to progress as a player so this is a big chance for him in his career.

“We’ve been looking to add quality to our forward line throughout the summer, and despite his young age, I believe Adam will give us a fantastic option going into the 2015/16 season.”

Armstrong failed to sign in time to appear for the Sky Blues in their fourth pre-season fixture away at Cambridge United on Tuesday night.