"Adam proved what an important player he can be for us with the important goals he scored," says Tony Mowbray when reflecting on the then on-loan Newcastle United man's role in last season's promotion.
Armstrong proved to be a real hit with the fans after touching down in the January transfer window, and showed his class with nine goals in 21 appearances in the blue and white.
That was in League One, but the boss believes the young striker has all the attributes to step up to the second tier with ease and continue his scoring streak in Rovers coulours.
“I’m delighted as I think Adam proved what an important player he can be for us with the important goals he scored. The threat he carried, the directness, the pace, he has some great attributes," the boss beamed to iFollow Rovers.
“I played him out wide at times last season but he’s mainly a centre forward so we’ll see what we do with Adam this season and beyond.
“He’s a good lad who fits into the group. Everyone loves his character around the building. I’m looking forward to the next few years and seeing him grow up as a footballer and as a man with lots of goals and loads of end product.
“In my first time working with him at Coventry he scored 20 goals, and some of them were amazing goals. People can see them in the archives - all types of goals; close range, either foot, chipped efforts, lashing them in."
There's a saying that 'Variety is the spice of life' and Tony adds that bringing Armstrong back into the group will give him a real headache when choosing his attacking options.
“Add all that to the explosive pace, it's up to us to produce the goods for him and get him in goalscoring positions. He’s different to Danny (Graham), different to Bradley (Dack) and Dominic (Samuel).
“The challenge for Adam right now is to get in our starting XI. Long-term, he can be as good as he wants. He’s only 21 and he has a long way to go. By the time he gets to his prime he will have developed, got more explosive and I’m looking forward to seeing how he gets on."
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