Newcastle should wait for Armstrong's return before sending Toney out on loan

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Could Newcastle United bring one striker back from Coventry City only to send another there on loan?

According to a report from Chronicle Live, Newcastle United youngster Ivan Toney is wanted on loan by both Wolverhampton Wanderers and Burton Albion following his fine spell for the Magpies’ under-21s.

Toney only signed for Newcastle in the summer from Northampton Town, and while he has appeared for a total of just 36 minutes for Steve McClaren’s first-team he has scored five goals and provided three assists in eight under-21 matches.

While sending Toney out on loan during the emergency window may make sense to some there is an alternative that could ultimately suit Newcastle both in the short and the long term.

For now Toney may still be needed as Newcastle fight to pull away from the bottom three, but from January fellow teenage striker Adam Armstrong will be back at St James’ Park and an alternative loan option could then be available to the 19-year-old.

Coventry will be seeking a replacement for Armstrong, who has been in exceptional form since arriving on loan, scoring 12 goals in 13 matches to date.

That kind of form will be missed by the League One club and it will also be welcomed by Newcastle as they bid to score the goals that will fire them up the table.

So having seen Armstrong excel at Coventry, and with Toney far more likely to move on when the former is available to McClaren once again, what chance Newcastle sending the former Northampton player to a club where they know young players get a chance?

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