Adam Armstrong insists he is ready to help Newcastle in the Championship

Newcastle United's Adam Armstrong in action

The striker was a sensation for Coventry City in League One last season but his place in the Newcastle squad is uncertain.

Newcastle United's Adam Armstrong in action

Newcastle United striker Adam Armstrong has told the Chronicle that he is ready to take on the Championship if called upon, but has admitted that he could still go back out on loan if Rafael Benitez believes it is the right thing to do.

Armstrong has made just 19 senior appearances for the Magpies since making his debut in March 2014, but starred for League One Coventry City in a loan spell last season.

The 19-year-old scored 20 goals in 40 league games for the Sky Blues and was named in the PFA League One team of the year, form which has sparked speculation that he could have a big role to play for Newcastle this season.

England U18's Adam Armstrong celebrates after scoring their second goal

Though those goals came at a lower level, the teenager believes he has proven that he is ready to take on the challenge of the Championship this season if Benitez is ready to place his faith in him.

However, Armstrong also indicated that if the Spanish boss - who he appears to trust implicitly - believes another loan spell would be more beneficial, he would be willing to make another temporary switch.

Armstrong told the Chronicle: "Maybe the manager will choose a path for me with a loan or I will play in the Championship. I think I am ready for the Championship, but it will be down to the gaffer and his staff to see what he thinks.

Adam Armstrong (R) celebrates scoring Coventry's third goal with James Maddison

"It’s Rafa Benitez, isn’t it? He’s come from the top clubs like Liverpool, Napoli and Real Madrid. He knows how to manage the very top players. All of the lads are looking forward to working with him and we’ve had a great start so it’s good.

"If I do get a chance I will take it. I have been training well, training hard and I will see where that takes me."

Newcastle have already signed a striker this summer with the capture of Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace, and Armstrong will face stern competition if he is to force his way into the reckoning at St. James' Park.

Coventry's Adam Armstrong and Southend United's Ryan Leonard in action

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