Why Nottingham Forest should be kicking themselves for not signing Adam Armstrong on loan

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Newcastle United youngster Adam Armstrong could have been the ideal loan signing for Nottingham Forest this summer.

Prolific Newcastle United youngster Adam Armstrong has set League One alight with his goals for Coventry City, but the question must be asked: why didn't Nottingham Forest make a move for him? 

The 18-year-old forward has been in fantastic form so far this season, with five league goals in three appearances, and seems to have taken his youth team form straight into Football League. 

Although the impact of the forward may have come as a shock to some, the signs have always been there as he can boast one of the most impressive strike rates in youth team football in England. 

In the U21 Premier League, despite just turning 18, he has a record of 17 goals in 25 games. In the England international youth system, from under-16 level upwards, he has a goal record of 18 goals in 23 games. Therefore, it's not surprising to see how he already has five goals in his first three games in the third tier of English football. 

How influential could Armstrong have been for Forest?

In the first three Championship games, the Reds have only scored twice and neither came from a player in a forward position.

Tyler Walker and Dexter Blackstock have both had time on the pitch, tasked with the job of leading the line, but neither have really set the bar too high despite the former showing signs of promise. 

Armstrong, despite being so young, could have been the perfect signing for Forest as he has the quality to take advantage of Henri Lansbury's, Jamie Ward's and Antonio's creativity. 

It could be argued that the Reds may well be at least a couple of points better off had they took the gamble and signed him on loan as soon as he became available.

When considering the transfer restrictions on Forest that have been in place over the summer, it should have been considered a no brainer. 

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