Can Rafa Benitez turn Adam Armstrong into Newcastle United's Fernando Torres?

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Armstrong has been in fantastic form at Coventry City this season.

Newcastle United fans will have been excited by the news coming out of the club this week. It is looking increasingly likely that Rafa Benitez, universally popular among the club’s fans, will be accepting an offer to remain as head coach of the club for next season.

Whilst nothing is yet official Newcastle fans will have high hopes of Benitez becoming their boss and leading them immediately back to the Championship.

Of course Benitez has experienced success in English club management in the past. He did well as interim boss at Chelsea whilst his six-game unbeaten run with Newcastle is certainly impressive – even if he did arrive too late to save them from relegation.

But it was what he achieved at Liverpool that truly impresses. He won the FA Cup and Champions League whilst at Anfield and nearly guided the club to a Premier League title win.

One of the key players during his time at the club was Fernando Torres. Fast, agile, deadly and capable of scoring all manner of goals he was the perfect Premier League striker.

So can youngster Adam Armstrong fulfil that role?

Newcastle have plenty of strikers already. However, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ayoze Perez and Papiss Cisse have not exactly scored goals for fun this season.

19-year-old Amrstrong has. He has scored 20 goals in 40 appearances on loan at Coventry City this season, although only managed one in the final three months of the season.

He is a very similar striker to Torres, possessing the attributes that made the Spaniard so feared and so effective under Benitez.

Armstrong will hopefully get a chance at St James’ Park next season and if Rafa is around he could certainly turn him into Newcastle’s very own Torres in no time at all.

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