COVENTRY City are determined to keep Newcastle United youngster Adam Armstrong on loan at the Ricoh Arena for the entire season, admits the Sky Blues' technical director.
Mark Venus was a key member of the negotiating team who secured the 18-year-old's services on loan until January 16, though there is a 24-hour recall clause in Armstrong's contract, and there is a desire to extend that deal further. Armstrong, who scored for England Under-19s on Thursday, has shot to the top of the League One goalscoring charts with eight already this season.
And Coventry technical director Venus believes Armstrong's development will be best helped by the young forward remaining at the Ricoh until next May.
Venus told the Coventry Telegraph: "He's (Armstrong's) being productive on the football pitch and then you can reassess him in the summer rather than in January (if he stays for the entire season). It Turn to Page 55 FROM BACK PAGE (being recalled) might upset his whole lifestyle, turn it round and make him wonder why the hell he did it in the first place.
"So I think he has to stay here, unless they really want him, and then he can reassess himself in the summer and look at where and what he does next. Unless you feel he is going to go back and really, really make a difference, which I find it hard to think Newcastle believe that after spending an awful lot of money on more established strikers, why do you want to test him somewhere else when he's only 18 and settled somewhere and enjoying his football?" SUPERMAC: Page 52; GIBBO: Page 53
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