Alan Shearer has urged Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez to give Adam Armstrong a chance next season as the Magpies attempt to get themselves back in the Premier League at the first time of asking, the Shields Gazette reports.
The 19-year-old spent this past season out on loan with Coventry City. And while the Sky Blues failed to finish in the top six in League One, the youngster's form was sensational as he scored 20 goals to finish as one of the division's highest scorers.
And Shearer believes that he has done enough to deserve a chance in Benitez's side next season, rather than spend another year out on loan.
"I think he [Benitez] will certainly have a look at him," he told the Shields Gazette.
"He's had a brilliant season, he's scored goals - and in doing so did something Newcastle weren't able to do.
"It might have been different leagues but I'm sure he'll want to come back and show what he can do.
"Hopefully he’ll be given the chance to do that."
If the Spaniard is confident that Armstrong has the potential to lead the line at St James' Park for years to come, then this upcoming campaign is arguably the perfect opportunity to give him a chance.
The step up to the second tier is obviously not as large as the step up in class to the top flight, so it may be easier for the England under-19 international to make the kind of impact that will give him confidence for when Newcastle do get back to the highest level.
And with none of the club's other forwards making it into double figures this past season, it seems it may be difficult for Benitez to justify not giving Armstrong the chance that Shearer believes his deserves.