Newcastle United striker Adam Armstrong has admitted to the Coventry Telegraph that it is hurting him to see the club struggling so desperately to avoid relegation whilst he bangs in the goals for Coventry City.
The 19-year-old boyhood Magpies fan has spent the entirety of the current campaign on loan at Tony Mowbray's League One side and has exploded onto the scene at the Ricoh Arena by scoring 19 goals in 33 appearances.
The England Under-19s international will remain with City until the end of the season despite calls from Magpies fans for him to be brought back to St. James' Park.
However, Armstrong admits that he is being hurt by Newcastle's plight even though he is taking League One by storm with his goalscoring exploits, but insists that the club has what it takes to ride out the storm.
He told the Coventry Telegraph: "Being a massive Newcastle fan it’s hurting me where they are at the minute, but I believe they can pull through with the quality they’ve got and the staff they’ve brought in.
"Every player is working hard every day and you have to be positive – If you think you’re going to get relegated what’s the point in being there?"
Armstrong will surely be given more chances in the first-team picture on Tyneside next season after a tremendously successful breakthrough campaign for the Sky Blues.
The teenager has already made 19 appearances for his hometown club, 15 of which have come from the substitutes' bench, but he could become a key player for the side upon his return, particularly if the club are competing in the Championship.
Rafael Benitez's side have a lot of work to do if they are to avoid dropping down a division, with the North East club currently sitting second-bottom and three points adrift of safety after failing to win in two months.