Championship Striker Would Be Interested In Return To Newcastle United: Should Bruce Bring Him Back?

Armstrong would be interested in a return to Newcastle United (Armstrong is seen in the photo)
Adam Armstrong of Blackburn Rovers celebrates scoring the winning goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Rotherham United at Ewood Park on December 16, 2020 in Blackburn, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

In a recent report, The Chronicle has revealed that Blackburn Rovers striker Adam Armstrong would be interested in a return to Newcastle United at the end of this campaign. It is believed that the Magpies could take advantage of a 40% sell-on clause in the English forward’s contract at Ewood Park to arrange a move to bring him back to St. James’ Park this summer (via The Chronicle).

Armstrong’s Outstanding Form At Ewood Park This Season

The 24-year-old has caught the eye by putting in a string of goal-scoring displays for the Lancashire outfit in the EFL Championship this season. Armstrong has featured in 29 matches for Tony Mowbray’s side this term, finding the back of the net on 18 occasions while securing three assists in various competitions.

The West Denton-born sensation should earn a lot of credit for averaging 4.8 shots, 0.9 key passes and 1.3 dribbles per game in the second tier of English football. Still, he needs to be more careful when linking up play with others around him in the final third as he has made just 76.2% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

Armstrong has less than 18 months to run in his Blackburn contract, so it makes sense for him to seek a move elsewhere during the summer transfer period in search of regular top-flight football in the coming seasons.

Armstrong would be interested in a return to Newcastle United (Armstrong is seen in the picture)
Adam Armstrong of Blackburn Rovers celebrates scoring the winning goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Rotherham United at Ewood Park on December 16, 2020, in Blackburn, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

What Are The English Frontman’s Best Attributes?

Standing at 1.73m, Armstrong is far from a tall striker, but he has a great leap in him and possesses the tenacity to win some aerial duels for his team. The English marksman boasts electric pace which he can use to make a few dangerous sprints with the ball in the attacking third.

Armstrong is primarily a centre-forward but can also function as a winger on either flank if needed. He has transformed himself into an accomplished striker in the Championship, so Newcastle can benefit from offering him a chance to return to Tyneside at the end of this season.

Should Bruce Bring Armstrong Back To St. James’ Park This Summer?

Armstrong has been playing some of the best football of his career at Ewood Park this season, so he could be ready to step up the Premier League and prove his worth at the highest level, similar to how Ollie Watkins has done since arriving from Brentford to Aston Villa last summer.

At the moment, Steve Bruce is in dire need to add more firepower to his attacking department as Callum Wilson has been the only real source for goals at St. James’ Park this season. Armstrong will undoubtedly add more goals and depth to Bruce’s squad. He could potentially form a lethal attacking partnership with Wilson if the Magpies boss decides to play with two strikers up top. All in all, Newcastle should consider bringing Armstrong back to the club during the summer transfer window as he ticks all the right boxes in terms of what Bruce looks for in a striker.

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