Newcastle United: Steve Bruce must bring Adam Armstrong back to St James’ Park

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Newcastle must look to bring back Adam Armstrong this summer amid Steve Howey’s transfer claim.

What’s the story?

The 24-year-old was on the books at St James’ Park as a youngster, but after failing to make the grade on Tyneside, made the permanent switch to Blackburn Rovers.

And now, Howey has suggested that the striker would “relish” the prospect of making the move back to Newcastle, and it’s on Steve Bruce whether the Magpies make an attempt to sign him or not – reports earlier this year indicated that the club are actually leading the queue to do so.

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Speaking exclusively to FFC’s sister site, TT, he said: “I think he’d relish the chance of coming back and he’d be desperate to score goals because he is a goalscorer and we’ve seen him score some excellent goals from Blackburn.

“I think he’d be desperate for the chance to come back but it’s just whether the club are prepared to make that move.”

Newcastle must strike

At Ewood Park, Armstrong has turned into a real goal-scoring sensation, and is realising the kind of potential that marked him out as a potential start back at Newcastle.

This season has seen him score a remarkable 28 goals in just 40 Championship games, despite Rovers finishing mid-table in the league and well off the play-off places.

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It’s no surprise then that his manager at the club, Tony Mowbray, has waxed lyrical about the £14.4m-rated centre-forward, lauding the kind of explosiveness that really marks him out as a player.

Mowbray said: “He’s a goalscorer. He always has been. I took him to Coventry because I saw him score some amazing goals for England Under-19s. He scores off both feet, he’s electrically fast off the mark, he’s got all the attributes.

“As long as you’ve got players who can slide him in, put passes over the top, put the ball in space for him he’ll score goals. His explosive pace at the top end of the pitch allows you to play both ways. it’s a devastating effect for the team.”

If the Magpies are looking for a proven “goal-scorer” this summer to help support Callum Wilson, then they should look no further than a man who they are wholly familiar with.

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