McClaren gives his verdict on Adam Armstrong's loan spell; positive for Newcastle?

Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren has commented on Adam Armstrong's spell at Coventry City.

Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren has told The Chronicle that he believes Adam Armstrong's loan spell with Coventry City is 'perfect' after a discussion with Tony Mowbray.

Armstrong, 18, has come up through the ranks at Newcastle having joined the club at the age of nine, and he has long been tipped for a huge future on Tyneside.

The striker made 11 Premier League appearances last season, but new manager Steve McClaren wanted to send Armstrong out on loan in order to give him more regular first-team experience.

Armstrong has subsequently been sent out to Coventry City in League One, and having smashed 12 goals in 14 games for the Sky Blues, it's fair to say that his time at the Ricoh Arena has been a roaring success.

The loan spell is set to come to an end in January, and it will be interesting to see whether Newcastle choose to leave him at Coventry for the rest of the season, send him out to another club or even recall him to give him a shot in the first-team this term.

For now though, Armstrong is thriving at Coventry, and Magpies boss Steve McClaren has told The Chronicle how happy he is with the loan agreement so far, labelling it 'perfect' after a conversation with Coventry boss Tony Mowbray.

"(When I was at Middlesbrough it was) important where all the players went," said McClaren. "Were they playing? Good football? Right team? Good club? And we’re looking at that (at Newcastle) as well."

"Armstrong’s a perfect example. I talked to Tony Mowbray and he said: ‘Well he does this and we’re teaching him to do that and improve this.’ So I said: ‘Perfect. Perfect. Carry on.’ And that’s good. Hopefully he comes back and we don’t need to do that. He comes back, he’s played and we don’t need to teach him those things," he added.

Armstrong could be a star of the future for Newcastle, and having him score on a regular basis in the Football League gives him the perfect grounding to eventually feature in the Magpies first-team.

It may still be too soon for him, and Newcastle's best move may be to send Armstrong out to a Championship club and test him at a higher level, but for now, the deal with Coventry is clearly a success - and a massive positive for McClaren and Newcastle.

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