Newcastle United's Adam Armstrong set for big season at Coventry this year

This season could well be the making of the 18-year-old striker, after he was given the number 9 shirt at the Sky Blues.

Newcastle United's young striker Adam Armstrong, on loan with Coventry City until 2016, may feel he has a chance to become the next great Magpies attacker, and it could well start with these next few months at the Ricoh Arena.

There have been precious few homegrown or local boys who have had the chance to make a name for themselves as a Newcastle number nine.

Jackie Milburn was of course the famous original Newcastle hero, but he wasn't from the city, while Alan Shearer didn't come through at the Magpies but was still adored once he made it back to St James's Park.

Young West Denton born forward Armstrong looks like being one of the closest players to tick both of those boxes, being born and bred in Newcastle and also managing to earn Premier League minutes for the club at the tender age of 17.

Since Shearer came through as a top level footballer, albeit having made the breakthrough at Southampton after moving there as a 15-year-old, there have been precious few strikers come through either at Newcastle or heralding from there.

The one player who did of course was Andy Carroll, but he was sold to Liverpool for crazy money, halting his natural progression as a Magpies legend while also upsetting his development as a footballer.

Armstrong, still just 18-years-old, will now get the chance to try out that number nine shirt at another club, before he gets the chance to push for it at St James's Park. At Coventry, the forward will be looking to take his outstanding form for Newcastle and England's youth sides and bring it to senior football, and all wearing 9, as the Chronicle recently revealed.

Though he is goalless in his 19 Newcastle appearances, Armstrong has netted 10 in 12 for England Under-17 and 9 in 9 for the Under-18 team - impressive figures.

If he can star for the Sky Blues, it could be that he returns to his hometown with the Toon Army having a new hero to cheer - and they cheer no one more than a goal machine wearing nine on the back of his shirt.

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