Newcastle United striker Adam Armstrong has a few weeks left of his loan spell - and Bolton may keep him
Newcastle United striker Adam Armstrong’s loan spell at Bolton has belatedly kicked into gear – and now fellow Wanderers striker Gary Madine is backing him to win over his doubters at the Macron Stadium.
After emerging as one of Newcastle’s most promising talents as a teenager, Armstrong’s first Championship loan spell with Barnsley was hit and miss and prompted Rafa Benitez to offer him back out to second tier clubs on a six-month loan.
Newly-promoted Bolton, operating under stringent transfer regulations, signed him until January and have promptly used him mostly in an unfamiliar left-wing slot, which has been a challenge for the ex-England under-20 forward.
But he scored his first league goal in a 2-1 win over Norwich and Madine has seen enough of his “brilliant finishing” to be confident that he’s going to be a success in the Championship.
Madine told the Bolton News: “Adam is a brilliant player. He is a great finisher and maybe not everyone has seen that yet. But we do see it every day in training.
“He hadn’t scored for a few games but he’s got off the mark now in the league so I think he’ll push on from there. He doesn’t let it get him down. His finishing is amazing in training and up there with the best I have seen.
“He is doing a selfless task playing on the left wing when he is a centre forward. He is doing a great job for the team.”
Armstrong has plenty of admirers and would not be short on suitors in League One and the Championship who would play him in a more familiar striker role if Bolton do not decide to exercise their loan option and keep him. But Madine would like to see the loan extended: “I am hoping so. I know the gaffer will probably want him to and I know Adam will want to stay as well. Because we have a good bond as a team. I hope he stays. I am sure he will.”