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"I've spoke to Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren on Adam Armstrong." - Coventry City's Tony Mowbray

5 October 2015

The Sky Blues wants to see him develop his game even further during his time at Coventry City...

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray admitted he has spoke to Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren last week on striker Adam Armstrong.

The 18-year old striker has enjoyed a great start to life at the Sky Blues, scoring eight goals in nine appearances, including a brace against Shrewsbury Town.

Armstrong joined the club on loan from the Magpies during the summer until January 16th and he has formed a crucial part of the City frontline.

Mowbray said that the Newcastle boss calls him for regular updates but believes it's important Armstrong enjoys his football at this stage of his career.

The City boss said: "I had a good long chat with Steve last week. He wants to know how he's doing and he wants to know how we're playing him.

"He's not just stood up front between the two centre-halves, he's developing his game. He's a part of the team and the way we function, and we've played him behind the main striker and on the wings which is important for him.

"It's important that if he wants to play in the Premier League that he develops his football knowledge. With total respect to this league, he won't be sprinting away from Premier League centre-halves like he does at this level.

"Regarding his future, we've just got to let the boy enjoy his football. He's very respectful of the group and I really enjoy working with him as he is very humble, and just because he's scored a few goals doesn't mean that he wants to stop learning."

Whilst Armstrong hasn't netted in four of the nine games he has played, he has already notched three braces this season, with strike-partner Marc Antoine-Fortune setting him up for both his goals on Saturday.

Mowbray believes Armstrong's speed hurts League One defenders but he'll have to develop his game further to make it in the Premier League.

He added: "They spent £15 million on a striker in the summer and they've got some great players there who are ahead of him. 

"Put it into context really, he's an 18-year old boy who needs to develop his game. The qualities he has hurt defenders in this league but at this moment in time, I don't think he'd be able to do that to Premier League defenders.

"He needs to keep doing what he's doing. He listens to game-plans and tries to understand the different roles he can play which will be important for his development.

"Of course, Adam is away on international duty for the next two games but when he comes back, we'll continue to work with him and make him a better player."

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