Newcastle Believe Young England Forward Needs Time Away To Develop On Loan

Adam Armstrong needs first-team minutes - and the Magpies look like they will get him some.

Newcastle United will allow Adam Armstrong to go out on loan next season in order to continue his development. The 18-year-old Geordie has made 19 first-team appearances to date - including 15 last season, the majority of which were off the bench - but he has yet to find the back of the net and has struggled to impose himself on matches. That has led the Magpies to decide that the England Under-18 captain would be best served by heading out on loan in 2015-16, possibly to a Championship side, in order to gain greater experience.
The Chronicle claim that, not only will Armstrong be allowed to go out on loan for 12 months, but that Newcastle will look to bolster their youth ranks by bringing two new players into their development squad. Ayoze Perez arrived for just £1.5 million from Tenerife last summer but found himself fast-tracked into their first-team picture, while the Magpies retain an interest in Racing Santander forward David Concha. As for Armstrong, the 5ft 7in forward from West Denton netted from the penalty spot during England U18s' 2-0 friendly victory over Russia at the weekend as he continued his marvellous form for the Young Lions.
That strike made it eight goals in just seven England U18 appearances for Armstrong - and proves there is serious potential in the youngster. A move to a Championship club for 12 months could improve Armstrong's game, as well as help him to grow physically. If that does happen, then the Toon faithful would love nothing more than to be able to cheer on a successful Geordie striker in the future. For all the latest NUFC News, Views and Transfers make sure to follow on Twitter and Facebook.

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