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Newcastle striker set for long-term League One deal

Adam Armstrong needs first-team matches and it appears that Coventry City are willing to provide them.

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Reports out of Coventry are suggesting that a loan move will be finished which will see Adam Armstrong join Coventry City for the 2015-16 season.  It was a known that Newcastle were looking for matches for the 18-year-old Academy product and the Coventry Telegraph is reporting that a deal could be done that would see Armstrong eligible for the Sky Blues' friendly Tuesday evening.

The same article suggests that Armstrong saw his best action for the Newcastle senior squad at the number 10 slot which is maybe true but only because neither Alan Pardew nor John Carver saw him as being ready for the bright lights and would hedge their bets by giving him 7 minutes here or there while not taking off whatever "bona fide" goal scoring threat was already in the match.  It would be more likely that Steve McClaren is angling to get his natural goalscorer more time in a natural goal scoring position, so the #10 competition the Telegraph piece refers to could be less of a consideration.

The long-term hope is certainly that Armstrong can parlay this move into a career trajectory opposite of former Academy mate Adam Campbell who was unable to gain any traction at all during loan moves to Carlisle United, St. Mirren, Fleetwood Town, Hartlepool United, and Gateshead in the last two years.

Good luck, Mr. Armstrong!  Here's hoping you score boatloads of goals at Coventry and come back to a situation better than what you were in before this year!