The form of on-loan Magpies youngster Adam Armstrong could bring about an early recall.
Coventry manager Tony Mowbray is hoping for a sharp upturn in Newcastle’s form to protect his own interests with the Sky Blues.
Magpies’ starlet Adam Armstrong joined Mowbray’s team on a youth loan until January and has quickly settled into League One football.
His debut saw him bag both goals in Coventry’s 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic and he hasn’t looked back since, scoring eight goals in nine games so far.
Mowbray would like to keep the 18-year old on once his loan deal expires but should results fail to improve on Tyneside, the pressure will mount on Steve McClaren to recall one of the club’s brightest prospects.
“There will be political issues around it and what we need is for Newcastle to start winning some football matches and for them to think that the 18-year-old is for tomorrow, let him develop and play football,” said Mowbray, in quotes published by the Coventry Telegraph.
“But we have conversations with Newcastle all the time. His agent is in this week and we’re talking to him and his club all the time, trying to keep them happy and keep him developing. But we have no power on it.”
Being dragged into the pressure cooker environment of St James Park for a relegation dog fight would not be the ideal venue in which to continue Armstrong’s development.
An uninterrupted campaign with Coventry would ensure a consistent run of games for the England Under-19 international and would stand him in good stead to become an asset for his parent club next season.