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Newcastle loanee Armstrong lauded as 'special player' by Blackburn midfielder Smallwood

Newcastle United loanee Adam Armstrong has been lauded as a 'special player' by Blackburn Rovers teammate Richie Smallwood.

The 21-year-old, who joined on loan in January, scored his sixth and seventh goals for Blackburn in Saturday's 3-0 win over Blackpool. Armstrong also won League One Player of the Month for February.

"He's a special player with the ability to hurt any team in this league," Smallwood said.

"He's on fire at the moment, player of the month, and hopefully that continues.

"The lay-off to Adam was great - it had the perfect weight on it. The finish was brilliant.

"If he can continue as he has done for the remainder of this season then I think we'll get the job done."

He added: "He's a very good professional, a quiet lad but he's mixing in well. He does his talking on the pitch and hopefully that can continue. He can help us this season.

"He's a striker but is scoring goals from the left wing.

"He makes it look easy with the positions he takes up.

"He's a natural finisher, and Danny's the same, but Arma's showing he can do it so early on in his career."

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