Adam Armstrong comments on Newcastle United tie

BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15:

Adam Armstrong joined Blackburn Rovers on a permanent contract from Newcastle United in the summer of 2018.

Blackburn Rovers' Adam Armstrong during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Blackburn Rovers at Bramall Lane on December 29, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

Blackburn Rovers striker Adam Armstrong has told the club’s official website that he still holds Newcastle United dear to his heart.

Armstrong made the comments ahead of FA Cup third-round tie between Newcastle and Blackburn at St. James’ Park on Saturday evening.

The 21-year-old striker came through the Newcastle academy and joined Blackburn on a permanent contract in the summer transfer window for a fee reported by Sky Sports to be worth £1.75 million.

 

The England Under-21 international is looking forward to the weekend’s FA Cup tie and seems to still hold Newcastle dear to his heart.

Armstrong told Blackburn’s official website: “The club still means a lot to me. I’m a Newcastle fan and was there for a long time, since I was nine-years-old and coming through the academy system.

“I made my debut aged 16 under [Alan] Pardew and at the time things were looking up for me.

“We were struggling at the time and it was always going to be hard for the manager to chuck me in when it’s like that.”

Blackburn Rovers' Craig Conway is replaced by Adam Armstrong in the first half during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City at Ewood Park on December...

FA Cup tie

Blackburn will be the underdogs for the FA Cup tie on Saturday, but Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez may not take the competition seriously.

After all, the Magpies have the more pressing concern of avoiding relegation to the Championship at the end of the season.

That could give Blackburn an advantage, and one should not be surprised if Rovers do get the better of Newcastle at St. James’ Park.

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