For so long Adam Armstrong looked the shining jewel coming through the Newcastle United youth set-up.
Scoring hatfuls of goals at all younger age levels for club and country, the future looked bright for the Geordie striker.
Going out on loan as an 18 year old, that promise only seemed to be rubber-stamped, as he scored 20 League One goals for Coventry in 2015/16 under manager Tony Mowbray.
The next step up was the Championship and maybe this is where things went slightly wrong.
With Newcastle dropping into the Championship, any loan deal was restricted to one of the three clubs that had been promoted from League One the previous season, rather than potentially helping any club that could potentially be a threat to NUFC’s promotion hopes.
Maybe otherwise Adam Armstrong could have ended up at a stronger more competitive outfit than Barnsley, though the promoted club did punch a little above their weight. Armstrong scoring six goals in 21 Championship starts and 13 sub appearances in 2016/17.
Things really went into reverse though last summer as Adam Armstrong joined another club promoted from League One, Bolton Wanderers. They were seriously damaged by a transfer embargo which meant they couldn’t buy players, so little wonder they struggled badly early on.
Adam Armstrong was a casualty as he ended up moved out of position to the left wing and scored only one goal in 14 starts (6 from the bench) in the first half of this season, struggling to get a game in the…