Newcastle United might have made a mistake by selling Adam Armstrong to Blackburn Rovers

Adam Armstrongi of Newcastle United looks on prior to the Pre-season friendly match between SC Braga and Newcastle United at Estadio Municipal de Braga on August 1, 2018 in Braga, Portugal.

Newcastle sold youngster Adam Armstrong to Blackburn Rovers earlier this summer.

Adam Armstrong of Newcastle United looks on prior to the Pre-season friendly match between FC Porto and Newcastle at Estadio do Dragao on July 28, 2018 in Porto, Portugal.

Newcastle United made some shrewd acquisitions to their squad for another season in the Premier League, but lack strength in depth in their forward position. 

The Magpies sold Adam Armstrong for a fee of £1.71m to Blackburn Rovers earlier this summer, after the 21-year-old had spent over a decade with the club when he came through the academy system. 

However, Armstrong's early performances this season suggest that United might have made a huge mistake in selling the forward.


The top-flight side signed Salomon Rondon on loan as their new number nine this term, but Armstrong has been exceptional up to now with his new side and Rafa Benitez's team could have used his goals had they kept hold of him.

Armstrong netted two fantastic goals in Rovers' 5-1 first-round EFL Cup win against Carlisle United on Tuesday evening and has looked a threat in the league also when he has came off the bench for Tony Mowbray's side.

The former Toon striker has scored 36 goals for the four different clubs he has been on loan at since his time on Tyneside, showing he certainly possesses ability in front of goal. However, Armstrong has never scored in the top flight, despite being prolific in the lower leagues.

11th August 2018, Ewood Park, Blackburn, England; EFL Championship football, Blackburn Rovers versus Millwall; Aiden O'Brien of Millwall shields the ball in midfield from Adam Armstrong of...

58-year-old Benitez will have to hope that new signings Rondon and Yoshinori Muto can score the goals the Magpies need, although neither managed to find the net on their debuts off the bench.

And the black and white faithful will be hoping that the cheap sale of Armstrong to Championship Blackburn won't come back to haunt them in the future. 

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks on prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on August 11, 2018 in Newcastle upon...

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