Rafael Benitez gives clear response when asked if Adam Armstrong will return to Newcastle

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Rafael Benitez has no plans to recall Coventry City loanee Adam Armstrong.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has told The Chronicle that he has no intention of recalling striker Adam Armstrong from his loan spell at Coventry City.

The Magpies have struggled for goals this season, and just five goals in the last games have played a major part in Newcastle being mired in the relegation battle.

Newcastle currently sit three points adrift of safety after last week's 1-1 home draw with Sunderland, and with just eight games to play, time is running out for them to save themselves.

Champions League winner Benitez has now been brought in to try and keep the club in the Premier League, but has only taken one point from his first two games, with goals clearly a major problem.

Aleksandar Mitrovic may have scored against Sunderland, but that was only his sixth goal of the campaign, whilst Ayoze Perez has also scored only six goals, with Papiss Cisse only registering one goal, and January signing Seydou Doumbia yet to get off the mark.

Interestingly though, Newcastle to have a striker scoring on a regular basis. 19-year-old Adam Armstrong, who has come up through the ranks with his boyhood club Newcastle, is out on loan at League One side Coventry City, where he has scored a superb 19 goals this season.

Some fans have suggested that Armstrong should be recalled to offer a boost to Newcastle's attacking options, but when asked about the possibility, Magpies boss Benitez told The Chronicle that there is no chance of the teenager being brought back to St. James' Park before the end of the season.

"We must allow him to stay on loan. At this time you need experience," said Benitez. "We have players that have to manage the pressure. Maybe it could be fine for him to come back but you never know and you can’t take any risks. I prefer to go with senior players with more experience."

"People with experience like Papiss Cisse who know the atmosphere and (all about) playing in front of 52,000 people. I think you have to be sure you know what you will get on the pitch. He is a great lad and he is doing well. But there is a big difference between playing young players and those with experience," he added.

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