`Smelling goals’ – the man Stoke City must sort out at Blackburn



Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray says striker Adam Armstrong, who’s stepped in for the injured Bradley Dack over the past couple of months, has a nose for goals.

His double at Brentford on Saturday leaves the former Newcastle youngster with six from his last nine games heading into the clash with Stoke City at Ewood Park tomorrow night.

Speaking ahead of the game, Mowbray purred: “He’s in a vein of form where he’s just ‘smelling’ goals.

“He’s been scoring goals ever since he was 16, so he knows where the back of the net is.

“He’s just been given the opportunity here to show people that he is capable of scoring goals and putting in the performances at a level where, hopefully he’s helping our team to get towards the top-end of the table.”

Lancashire Telegraph reporter Richard Sharpe has seen for himself the danger posed by Armstrong after becoming Blackburn’s go-to man.

“Adam Armstrong has really stepped up when Rovers needed him most following the loss of Bradley Dack to a season-ending injury.

“His form in front of goal has alleviated the fears of where the goals would come from after losing 10-goal Dack.

“Armstrong’s double at Brentford means he now has six goals and five assists in his 10 matches in 2020. With four of his 12 goals this season coming from outside the box, he’s not someone to be giving time and space to.

“He’s played much of his football for Rovers out wide, but has been used more centrally of late. Much has been made of Rovers’ two big-money buys in Ben Brereton and Sam Gallagher failing to find their feet as yet, but the £1.75m paid for Armstrong 18 months ago is looking a real coup.

“Rovers haven’t had much luck with injuries in attack, but keeping him fit is essential if they’re to keep up a pursuit of the top six.

“Other things to look out for, Tosin Adarabioyo and his ability to pick a pass from central defence and Lewis Travis’ tenacity in the middle of the park.”





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