Rafael Benitez says he is monitoring Adam Armstrong every week

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

Newcastle United sent Adam Armstrong on loan to Barnsley, who they face next in the Championship.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez has told The Chronicle that he is very pleased with how Adam Armstrong is doing on loan at Barnsley.

The Tykes are Newcastle's next opponents in the Championship, meaning Armstrong will have to miss out as his current team take on his parent club, but Benitez is happy with the progress the 19-year-old is making.

Leicester's Paul Konchesky in action with Newcastle's Adam Armstrong

"We were watching him and I am really pleased. He picked up goal of the month and it was a great goal," Benitez told The Chronicle.

"Now hopefully he can continue scoring goals and doing well because he is a player we are monitoring every week."

The young striker's first goal for Barnsley was a sensational strike against Preston North End, back heeling the ball round his opponent then bending the ball into the top corner.

Armstrong also netted an incredible volley against Reading. The England under-20 international has impressed since joining Barnsley, showing he can score goals at Championship level after being so prolific at League One side Coventry City last season.

Coventry's Adam Armstrong shoot at goal

The Geordie is touted as a future Newcastle star, and will be hoping he gets a chance to shine when his loan deal at Oakwell comes to an end in January.

Dwight Gayle is the only Magpies striker that has really been firing this season, with his nine goals making him the Championship's leading goal scorer, so 'Arma' may fancy his chances of getting a chance when he returns to St James' Park.

The news that Benitez is monitoring his progress and has been pleased with what he has seen can only give Armstrong confidence, and it is a good job for the Spaniard that his striker is not allowed to face his parent club in fear of denting their promotion hopes.

Newcastle United Manager Rafael Benitez

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