Adam Armstrong can be ‘gem’ – and he’s man in a hurry to make it big

Adam Armstrong
Adam Armstrong

Adam Armstrong has been tipped to be ‘real gem’ after his loan switch to Coventry City.

The Newcastle United youngster this week joined the Sky Blues until January.

And Coventry coach Jamie Clapham is excited by the 18-year-old’s arrival and believes the ‘dynamic’ striker can thrive in League One.

“He’s only an 18-year-old but when you look at him he’s not a teenager, he’s a man desperately trying to get out of what he is,” Clapham told the Coventry Telegraph.

“He’s Under-18/19 in age but he’s physically strong, powerful and a really quick and pretty dynamic player. Let’s hope he’s a real gem.

“I don’t think he was that far away from the first team at Newcastle because he’s played a few times and been sub and in the squad all the time.

“Longer term I think it’s a good thing that he’s come out to play football and hopefully his performances are good enough that he’s consistently in the team and let’s hope we can progress him as well as he can progress us as a club.”

Armstrong has been on the fringes of the Newcastle squad, but has made a big impact at England level with the Young Lions.

“I know Adam from during the Under-17s Euros in Malta where I was out there doing more of a scouting thing,” added Clapham, who was assisting Aidy Boothroyd managing England’s Under-20 squad until he joined Coventry’s coaching team a few weeks ago.

“He’s a younger age group than I have worked with but I obviously know of him and know that in that building he’s very highly thought of.

“Newcastle also think highly of him and whenever I’ve seen him play I have always thought highly of him, so he’s a good acquisition to our team and we just need to make sure we play to all our strengths and we’ll all be fine.”