Blackburn Rovers midfielder Richie Smallwood has told the club's official website that he thinks Newcastle loanee Adam Armstrong is a 'special player'.
Armstrong, 21, has come up through the ranks with Newcastle having joined the club way back in 2006, having been born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
The striker has made a total of 21 appearances for Newcastle but has yet to score his first goal for the Magpies, and has spent most of his time out on loan.
A 20-goal spell with Coventry City was followed up by stints with Barnsley and Bolton Wanderers, before heading to Blackburn Rovers in January of this year.
So far, Armstrong has hit seven goals in 12 games for Blackburn, and could fire Rovers to promotion from League One as he thrives under his former Coventry boss Tony Mowbray.
Armstrong, an England Under-20 international, will be hoping to put himself in contention for a Newcastle first-team place next season off the back of his League One exploits, and he has been hailed by one of his teammates.
Midfielder Richie Smallwood has told the club's official website that he thinks Armstrong is a 'special player', and can fire Blackburn to promotion this season given that he can hurt any team in League One.
Smallwood added that whilst Armstrong is a striker, he is impressing out wide, and that may just stand him in good stead to impress for Rafael Benitez's Newcastle side next season.
“He’s a special player with the ability to hurt any team in this league,” said Smallwood. “If he can continue as he has done for the remainder of this season then I think we’ll get the job done. He’s a very good professional, a quiet lad but he’s mixing in well. He does his talking on the pitch and hopefully that can continue. He can help us this season.”
“He’s a striker but is scoring goals from the left wing. He makes it look easy with the positions he takes up. He’s a natural finisher, and Danny [Graham]’s the same, but Arma’s showing he can do it so early on in his career. If Adam continues his recent goal ratio between now and the end of the campaign, Rovers should certainly go close to achieving their goal,” he added.