Adam Armstrong netted his ninth goal in just eight games for Blackburn Rovers last night, as he continued his fine start to the Championship season.
The former Newcastle United striker looks to really be coming into his own at Ewood Park this term, firing in the goals and putting the Lancashire outfit in contention for a playoff scrap it seems.
Armstrong, who has settled at Blackburn after a number of loan spells in his career, looks to have caught fire.
And it seems, with hindsight being the wonderful thing that it is, that Newcastle may have just let the horse bolt that bit early when it comes to Arsmstrong.
He scored 16 times last season, t00, so this is not a fluke run by any means for the 23-year-old finisher. Newcastle, meanwhile, have since spent £40m on Joelinton for a very little return.
Could it be, then, that the club have allowed one to slip through the net without ever giving them much of a chance? It certainly looks that way from the outside.
Armstrong did get his chances with Newcastle, albeit it minimal. And in fairness, he didn’t register a single Premier League goal, despite making eleven appearances during the 2016 campaign.
But he was a young man back then. Still a teenager, Armstrong probably needed nurturing through the ranks, using loan spells to get up to speed and then eventually produce the goods at the top level.
Newcastle, though, allowed Arsmstrong to leave on a permanent deal in the summer of 2018 for a fee that was believed to be nothing but a few million pounds.
The Magpies did add Callum Wilson in the summer but have still only netted eight times this term. So, given Armstrong’s form down in the Championship, there’s definite scope to suggest they could do with him right now.
Time will, of course, tell. But on paper, and given the striker’s continued upward trajectory, Newcaslte’s decision to sell Armstrong for so cheap is looking like one they’ll rue.