Adam Armstrong on why he went to Blackburn on loan


Armstrong told Sky: “Obviously they’re concentrating on the Premier League which is a massive thing so hopefully they can stay up, I keep in contact with the Under-23s coach now and then but I’m focused more on getting my head down and doing well for Blackburn. It’s been hard to get to a game this season but I’ve got a lot of good friends there and I always check the results because I’m still a massive fan. The plan is to go back in the summer and assess the situation because I’ve still got two years left on my contract.

“I thought Blackburn was the right choice for me, It didn’t work out the way I wanted at Bolton and I had other options, but my agent spoke to Tony and things got across the line. I’m happy to be here to help push for promotion and I’m looking forward to the last few games of the season. I felt like I had to be back playing up front, in and around the striker and making runs in behind. I didn’t really get to do that at Bolton and I’m thriving off it now. There weren’t any major issues at Bolton and I still played quite a few games. But I was playing more on the left wing and it was more as a defensive winger than an attacking winger. I forgot what it was like to run in behind a defence because we were playing so deep at times. I just felt like I had to take a step back to go forward, which is what I’ve done. Now I’m enjoying my football again and scoring goals.

“For me he’s a really good man-manager, he speaks to his players all the time and lets us know what’s going on and you can also go to him with any problems. On the training pitch he’s very intense and, like I said, it seems to be working. He gets his thoughts across well and we all understand what he wants. Everyone is working hard for him and the fans. Obviously I know him from Coventry but I’ve come here and I’m playing games and doing well and that’s the main thing. A lot of people forget I’m still only 21, so the amount of games I’ve already played is massive for me going forward in my career. I’m an attacking player and I like to be in a system where I can make runs in behind a defence. I wouldn’t say you’ve got a position anymore, though. If you’re an attacking player you should be able to play anywhere across the forward line, and I’m doing that now. I’ve got the chance to run around the strikers and No 10s.”

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