Newcastle United are said to be open to the idea of letting Adam Armstrong leave the club permanently this summer. The Chronicle report that Rafa Benitez has decided the young forward has no long-term future at the club and that a cash departure should be on the cards this summer.
It is a real blow for the attacker, a local lad who has always shown plenty of promise to become a future Newcastle starter. However, it seems he is just not considered good enough to become a starter at St James’ Park.
But his apparent availability will undoubtedly interest a number of clubs. One team that should certainly be keen on his signature is Leeds United.
Leeds need to revamp their attacking options for next season, with a lack of a goal scoring striker a major reason behind their failings last term.
Current Leeds boss Paul Heckingbottom is also a fan of the player. He signed Armstrong on loan whilst Barnsley manager. Unfortunately, he struggled for his best form when he was with the Tykes but Heckingbottom often praised his hard work and natural ability.
That is something Armstrong is certainly not short of.
When Armstrong was captaining England’s youth teams and scoring goals for fun plenty of comparisons were being made with Wayne Rooney. Their similar build and playing style certainly led to an easy resemblance.
The 21-year-old only scored six goals in 35 appearances for Barnsley in 2016-17 but he had previously netted 20 in 40 games for Coventry City. In the second half of this season, he scored nine goals and assisted two for Blackburn Rovers in their promotion push. His form saw Leeds United loanee Marcus Antonsson struggling for game time as Armstrong won the February Player of the Month in League One.
What Armstrong has is bags of pedigree and potential. The England youth international simply needs a chance to play football on a regular basis under a manager who believes in him. At Leeds, the 21-year-old would have exactly that.
His signature makes perfect sense for everyone involved.