Adam Armstrong discusses his development and what Rafael Benitez has told him

The on-loan Newcastle United striker believes he has become a far better player in his time at Coventry City.

Newcastle United's teenage striker Adam Armstrong has told reporters that he has become a far better player whilst on loan at Coventry City and revealed that Rafael Benitez has told him that all he needs to do is carry on finding the net, as quoted by the Coventry Telegraph.

The 19-year-old forward has spent the entire season on loan at the Ricoh Arena and has taken League One by storm, scoring 19 goals in 33 appearances for the Sky Blues.

That form has seen him move from being billed as a promising youngster at St. James' Park to one of the hottest young prospects in England, and make a seamless transition from Under-18s level to Under-19s for England.

Benitez has been lobbied by some Magpies fans to terminate Armstrong's loan and throw him into first-team action, but the youngster revealed that the message he has received from the Spanish boss is simply to keep scoring for Tony Mowbray's side.

Armstrong told reporters, as quoted by the Coventry Telegraph: "I’ve spoken with him [Benitez] and he just said ‘carry on for the rest of the season and do what you’re doing – get as many goals as you can.’

"At Newcastle I was used to playing striker or No.10 but coming here I’ve played a few other positions which has really helped me I think. Going back to Newcastle I think I can play anywhere across the front four now."

Armstrong is likely to become a first-team star at St. James' Park next season after returning to Newcastle whether or not they are in the Premier League next season.

He has already made 19 senior appearances for the Magpies since his debut in March 2014, but has thus far failed to find the net for his boyhood club.

However, having developed a lethal scoring touch at first-team level for Coventry, he could well become an important player for the North East club after the conclusion of his loan spell.

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