Newcastle United’s Adam Armstrong’s set for a season-long stay at Coventry City – despite calls for him to return to St James’s Park.
Armstrong – who captained England’s Under-19s in a 2-2 draw against Holland last night – has scored 12 goals so far this season for the League One club.
And Coventry manager Tony Mowbray is keen to extend the forward’s loan beyond January 16, when he is due to return to St James’s Park.
There have been calls for the 18-year-old to be recalled to Newcastle when his initial half-season loan expires.
Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers are also reportedly keen to take Armstrong for the second half of the campaign.
But United head coach Steve McClaren is minded to let him stay at the Ricoh Arena given that he is playing week in, week out – and scoring goals.
Asked about Armstrong, McClaren said: “There’s a lot of clubs coming in from higher up.
“We just think it’s an education for him (at Coventry). He could go higher up, might play, might not. Will he get the coaching? You don’t unless you play. It’s important to us.”
Mowbray feels it would be too much of a “burden” to pitch him into what could turn out to be another relegation battle.
“I think all that matters is what Steve McClaren and Newcastle United think about Adam and what Adam and his advisors think about his future career,” said the former Middlesbrough boss.
“You have to put it into context that he’s an 18-year-old boy and he’s doing really well and if he stays here all year he’ll only be 19. He’s got 15 years in the Premier League, possibly, scoring goals for Newcastle United.
“From my perspective, I wouldn’t be too much of a rush to burden a young boy with having to score the goals to keep Newcastle in the league, particularly if you have £15million strikers.
“But it’s ultimately Newcastle’s decision, and Steve McClaren will make that decision for Adam along with Adam and his advisors, and we’ll abide by that.”
Last night, Armstrong went close with two efforts for England U19s, who trailed 2-0 to Holland before Everton’s Ryan Ledson and substitute Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) rescued a draw.
Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman was an unused substitute. England next meet Japan in Manchester on Sunday.
Meanwhile, United’s Under-21s beat Ashington 8-1 in a friendly at Woodhorn Lane last night.
Sean Longstaff netted four goals, while Adam Laidler (2), Lewis McNall and Owen Gallacher also found the net for Peter Beardsley’s side.