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Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray may struggle to hold onto forward Adam Armstrong with the 23-year-old attracting Premier League interest, according to a report by the Chronicle Live.
The former England U21 is playing a key part in Rovers’ charge for the Championship play-offs, having scored 10 goals and recorded seven assists in 35 appearances in all competitions this season
The pacey forward started his career at local side Newcastle United and rose up through their youth ranks going on to play 21 times for the Toon’s first team, but also spending a lot of time out on loan from St James’ Park.
So it it a surprise Armstrong is attracting Premier League interest and is he good enough for the English top-flight?
“The reports linking Adam Armstrong with a move to the top flight are a bit of a surprise, to be honest.
“While the Blackburn man has been impressive so far this term, I don’t think he’s been one of the Championship’s standout performers.
“Don’t get me wrong, 10 goals and seven assists is a good record to have – particularly given the fact that Tony Mowbray’s side aren’t one of the top sides in the league.
“But it’s hard to see Armstrong being a top target when there’s such a wealth of talent in the game at present.
“I could certainly see the forward playing in the Premier League at some point, but I imagine that he may need another season performing at the top level before he’s ready to make that step up.”
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“I think it speak volumes about Armstrong’s character when you look at how he’s stepping up in the absence of Bradley Dack.
“Without Dack, it seemed like Rovers’ season was over, but Armstrong is stepping up and scoring important goals, proving to be the difference in the final third for Mowbray.
“He’s got Premier League quality, but on the back of heading into the Football League from Newcastle, you question whether he’s got top-flight mentality.
“However, recent performances are starting to answer those questions, so credit to the player.”
“I’m not at all surprised that he’s attracting interest from the Premier League, especially because it’s his old club, Newcastle United, that are one of the candidates.
“Armstrong has come into his own in recent months, registering six goals and six assists in his last 15 games for Blackburn, shouldering the burden of two major injuries to Lewis Holtby and Bradley Dack.
“I’m unsure that he is currently able to hit the ground running in the Premier League as it stands, but given the rest of the season to continue being the talisman at Ewood Park, he could well prove it.
“It would probably take a hefty fee to prize him away from Blackburn and it’s a testament to how well he is playing there and how highly he is regarded by Tony Mowbray.”