11th Dec, 2016

Sky Blues hotshot Adam Armstrong enjoying every minute of life at the Ricoh Arena

Steve Carpenter 19th Jan, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

HIS GOAL-scoring exploits have made him one of the brightest young strikers in the country and he has been tipped to become a future England star, but Adam Armstrong remains firmly focussed on firing the Sky Blues to promotion after extending his stay at the Ricoh Arena until the end of the season.

The 18-year-old ended months of speculation over his future by agreeing to remain with the Sky Blues after an impressive first half to the season with the Sky Blues.

Armstrong tops the League One goalscoring charts with 16 which has helped fire Tony Mowbray’s side towards the automatic promotion places.

And the teenager said it was a ‘no brainer’ to stay put in Coventry and continue his development.

“I was 100 per cent committed to the club,” Armstrong told the club’s official website. “The amount I’ve learnt in a short space of time is incredible.

“I’m only young but I think I’ve learnt a lot in my time here and really enjoyed every minute of it.

“I’m over the moon to get it sorted, it’s been a long time coming and just delighted to make sure I’m here for the rest of the season.

“It hasn’t got to me, obviously there has been a lot of rumours about it but I’ve just been focused on my game and making sure I’m scoring goals for the side.

“I just didn’t see any reason I’d want to leave. I’m scoring goals, I like the environment and the squad, and the manager has been great to me.

“I’m scoring goals and now I can go on and get even more. I want to get a good season under my belt and hopefully we can go on and get promotion now.”

Armstrong has been a revelation since joining back in August and he managed to bag his first professional hat-trick during the recent 5-0 romp at Crewe.

Now the England Under-19 international will get the chance to continue his goal-scoring exploits in League One under the guidance of manager Tony Mowbray.

“It’s my first loan and I’m loving every minute of it. I thought there was a chance of it happening last year but I stayed at Newcastle.

“I’m delighted I took the opportunity to come here and I’m helping the club get back to where it belongs hopefully.

“It hasn’t surprised me how well we’ve done. When I came to the club, I knew how big a club it is and how good the gaffer is.

“He’s brought a lot of players in and they’ve done well. We had a difficult start in pre-season but since the Wigan game, it’s been amazing and I think we’ve got better.

“The gaffer has been massive to me. He’s been my first real gaffer really, a gaffer who talks to me every day and gets the best out of me. He’s the reason behind our success, the togetherness in the squad comes from him and we’re all working for him.”

Despite what has been a ground-breaking season for Armstrong, he has failed to find the back of the net in the club’s last four home matches.

The England Under-19 international puts that down to how other teams are setting up to cut out his threat but he remains confident that the Sky Blues will return to the Championship in 2016.

“It has become more difficult as time has gone on,” Armstrong added. “A lot of teams are looking at us and try and figure out how to stop us playing.

“We’ve got to get accustomed to that and work out more ways to break teams down.

“It’s a great team to play in as there are a lot of young players but also a lot of experience and that mix is really important.

“Every player feels a part of it and that togetherness will get you through the hard times.

“We’d like to get into the Championship and we don’t really want to let it slip now. We’ve come too far now to not aim for promotion and we’ve got to keep up those standards we’ve set for ourselves.