Bolton boss is back­ing Arm­strong

Sunday Sun - - Football -

NEW­CAS­TLE United striker Adam Arm­strong’s loan spell at Bolton has be­lat­edly kicked into gear – and now fel­low Wan­der­ers striker Gary Ma­dine is back­ing him to win over his doubters at the Macron Sta­dium.

Af­ter emerg­ing as one of New­cas­tle’s most promis­ing tal­ents as a teenager, Arm­strong’s first Cham­pi­onship loan spell with Barns­ley was hit and miss and prompted Rafa Ben­itez to of­fer him back out to sec­ond tier clubs on a six­month loan.

Newly-pro­moted Bolton, op­er­at­ing un­der strin­gent trans­fer reg­u­la­tions, signed him un­til Jan­uary and have promptly used him mostly in an un­fa­mil­iar left-wing slot, which has been a chal­lenge for the ex-Eng­land un­der-20 for­ward.

But he scored his first league goal in a 2-1 win over Nor­wich and Ma­dine has seen enough Adam Arm­strong of his “bril­liant fin­ish­ing” to be con­fi­dent that he’s go­ing to be a suc­cess in the Cham­pi­onship.

Ma­dine told the Bolton News: “Adam is a bril­liant player.

“He is a great fin­isher and maybe not ev­ery­one has seen that yet. But we do see it ev­ery day in train­ing.

“He hadn’t scored for a few games but he’s got off the mark now in the league so I think he’ll push on from there.

“He doesn’t let it get him down. His fin­ish­ing is amaz­ing in train­ing and up there with the best I have seen.

“He is do­ing a self­less task play­ing on the left wing when he is a cen­tre for­ward.

“He is do­ing a great job for the team.”

United must now de­cide their next move with the Academy grad­u­ate.

Arm­strong has plenty of ad­mir­ers and would not be short on suit­ors in League One and the Cham­pi­onship who would play him in a more fa­mil­iar striker role if Bolton do not de­cide to ex­er­cise their loan op­tion and keep him. But Ma­dine would like to see the loan ex­tended: “I am hop­ing so. I know the gaffer will prob­a­bly want him to and I know Adam will want to stay as well. Be­cause we have a good bond as a team. I hope he stays. I am sure he will.”

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