Rafael Benitez discusses Adam Armstrong's future Newcastle United

Coventry's Adam Armstrong shoot at goal

Newcastle United striker Adam Armstrong scored 20 goals in League One for Coventry City last season.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

Rafael Benitez has admitted to the Chronicle that he still has not made up his mind regarding Adam Armstrong’s immediate future at Newcastle United.

Armstrong is regarded as one of the hottest prospects breaking through at St. James’ Park, but his task of breaking through at Newcastle is a difficult one.

The Magpies have a host of talented strikers to pick from, and although Benitez admits he is willing to hand Armstrong a chance, the Spanish boss has also suggested that a loan move could be possible.

Newcastle United's Adam Armstrong in action

“We don’t know what will happen, he is a young player who has the potential but I want to be sure to do my best for the team and the best for players,” Benitez said.

“Maybe he will start with us. He is training well and he is doing fine.”

Armstrong blasted in 20 goals for Coventry City in League One last term, during a productive loan spell.

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

The 19-year-old appears to be ready to make the step up to Championship level, but Newcastle have concerns about strengthening a divisional rival.

Newcastle are the favourites for promotion, and do not wish to hand one of their competitors a potentially lethal striker.

Armstrong has attracted the attentions of a host of clubs, but Newcastle have so far rejected any enquiries.

Newcastle start their season with a match against Fulham on Friday evening, and it seems likely the best Armstrong can hope for in that fixture is a place on the substitutes’ bench.

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

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