Why Newcastle’s Adam Armstrong is NOT an out-and-out striker – despite his goals

Adam Armstrong
Adam Armstrong

Newcastle United’s Adam Armstrong is NOT an out-and-out striker, according to Tony Mowbray.

Coventry City manager Mowbray has Armstrong on a half-season loan at the Ricoh Arena.

And Armstrong took his goal tally to eight with two strikes in Saturday’s 3-0 home win over Shrewsbury Town.

The 18-year-old played in a deeper No 10 role in the game, and Mowbray felt the position suits him.

Mowbray said: “I think what is important for me is he can still score goals from a slightly deeper position.

“I believe, and I have been trying to tell him this for weeks now, it is probably his best position.

I think what is important for me is he can still score goals from a slightly deeper position. I believe, and I have been trying to tell him this for weeks now, it is probably his best position.

Tony Mowbray

“Just because he’s fast doesn’t mean he has to play on shoulders and run in behind teams.

“He is very technical and as we saw numerous times – he gets the ball, turns away from his marker and runs into space – so it is something we’ll look at and progress and hopefully he’ll enjoy the role.”

Armstrong had his best game for Newcastle the No 10 role in last season’s Capital One Cup win over Crystal Palace.