Newcastle should have recalled Adam Armstrong rather than Ivan Toney

Newcastle United have some very exciting young forwards on their books.

Following an injury suffered by Newcastle United forward Papiss Cisse the Magpies recalled Ivan Toney early from his loan spell at League One club Barnsley, but did manager Steve McClaren make a mistake bringing one young striker back rather than another?

Much has already been said and written about the form of Adam Armstrong since he left St James’ Park on loan for Coventry City, but when you consider he has scored 13 goals in 19 appearances already this season, there was definitely a case for him to return early rather than Toney.

In contrast, the latter found the net twice in seven appearances, and while at 19 Toney is a year older than Armstrong, that is not reason enough to overlook a player who could make a considerable impact at Newcastle just when they need it the most.

With matches coming thick and fast over the Christmas and New Year period, Newcastle have the chance to pull further away from the bottom three and ensure 2016 is a far better year than the one they are about to wave goodbye to.

And while neither Armstrong nor Toney would expect to start any of Newcastle’s upcoming matches, they could certainly be used from the bench when games are tight.

Toney may prove to be a secret weapon sooner rather than later, but some Newcastle fans may be left wondering why it was him and not the free-scoring Armstrong who was called for when injury struck.

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