This summer Newcastle United finally gave up on Adam Armstrong. The 21-year-old, who had starred for the club and England youth teams for many years, had not done enough to convince Newcastle he had a Premier League career ahead of him.
Try telling that to the Leeds United full-backs who had to deal with him yesterday.
Armstrong was sold to Ewood Park in a deal worth around £3 million, as reported by Sky Sports. It came after a successful loan period with the club in League One last season.
He has scored four goals in 12 appearances for Blackburn so far this season. Against Leeds, he did not score but showed just what he is capable of.
Stuart Dallas started at right-back for Leeds. However, he was torn apart by the England under-20 World Cup winner and had to be switched to the left. Swiss defender Gaetano Berardi came out to the right instead but did not have much fun against the 21-year-old either.
Armstrong was turning both men inside out with the sort of creativity that Newcastle are desperately lacking this season.
Later, on the same day, Rafa Benitez’s men lost 1-0 at home to Brighton, a continuation of their poor start to the season.
It certainly makes you wonder why this exciting talent was let go in the summer. Looking at what Newcastle have to offer this term, it’s hard to make a case that Armstrong would not be a better option.