Let go by Newcastle in summer, Blackburn ace Adam Armstrong has just won Championship Player of the Month award for January

Blackburn Rovers' Adam Armstrong during the Sky Bet Championship between Brentford and Blackburn Rovers at Griffin Park on February 2, 2019 in Brentford, England.

Magpies boss Rafael Benitez had hinted the 21-year-old had "no chance of playing too many minutes" at SJP and he is now thriving at Blackburn Rovers.

Blackburn Rovers' Adam Armstrong during the Sky Bet Championship between Brentford and Blackburn Rovers at Griffin Park on February 2, 2019 in Brentford, England.

Adam Armstrong's superb January for Blackburn Rovers has been rewarded with the Championship Player of the Month award.

The 21-year-old ended January with two goals and four assists in the league and was crucial in Tony Mowbray's charges winning four games on the spin.

In addition, Armstrong also scored in the FA Cup third round replay against his former club Newcastle United.

 

 

The attacker has twice won the League One version of the award, including while at Ewood Park on loan last February, but this is his first at a permanent club.

Armstrong came through the ranks at St James' Park and broke into the senior setup in 2014 but made just 21 first-team appearances for the Magpies, according to Transfermarkt.

He eventually left the Premier League club and joined Blackburn on a permanent contract in the 2018 summer transfer window for a fee reported by Sky Sports to be worth £1.75 million.

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.

Armstrong remains on good terms with Newcastle and told the Blackburn website earlier this year how "the club still means a lot to me".

Meanwhile, Rafael Benitez told Chronicle Live that he chose to let Armstrong go because it was the best decision for him, as he wouldn't be getting much game time at the club - he suggested that the youngster had "no chance of playing too many minutes".

Given how Armstrong is prospering now he's being given first-team football and winning awards, with his young age indicating much more progress to come, is this a decision the Magpies boss will come to regret?

Newcastle Manager Rafael Benitez during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Wembley, London on Saturday 2nd February 2019.

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