Adam Armstrong ready to '˜push on' at Newcastle under Rafa Benitez amid Rangers interest

Adam Armstrong hopes he gets the chance to play under Rafa Benitez all season at Newcastle United.

Wednesday, 10th August 2016, 6:00 am
Adam Armstrong

Armstrong, a target for Rangers, came off the bench in the club’s season-opening defeat to Fulham on Friday night.

The 19-year-old replaced Ayoze Perez for the final 20 minutes at Craven Cottage, where Newcastle were beaten 1-0.

Benitez, however, could yet loan the forward out before the summer transfer window closes at the end of the month, and Rangers are understood to be interested in taking him to Ibrox.

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With striker Aleksandar Mitrovic suspended – and Newcastle still in the market for another front man – Armstrong is likely to be again on the bench for Saturday’s Championship home game against Huddersfield Town.

Benitez opted against recalling Armstrong from Coventry City after taking over at St James’s Park late last season, despite a shortage of goals in the team he inherited.

And the club’s manager will do what he feels is right for the club – and Armstrong.

The England Under-19 international was buoyed by Benitez’s decision to stay at the club in the wake of last season’s relegation, and he would love to make a contribution in the Championship this season, having

“It’s a massive thing for the gaffer and all his staff to be staying,” said Armstrong, who scored 20 goals for Coventry.

“He’s brought some signings in, which is great for the club.

“It’s what we needed, and I think we’re ready to push on now.”

Armstrong told the Gazette last month that he was ready to “step up” from League One.

Benitez, however, is yet to decide on Armstrong’s future, though the club might be unwilling to loan to loan him to another Championship club.a

“We don’t know what will happen,” said Benitez.

“He is a young player who has the potential, but I want to be sure to do my best for the team and the best for players.”

Benitez feels Armstrong will benefit most from playing week in, week out, and he can’t guarantee him regular football given the other players also vying for starts.