The season may only be two games old but some interesting trends are developing for Newcastle’s strikers both within and away from the club.
For big money arrival Aleksander Mitrovic, it has been a case of two games and two hastily received yellow cards amid questions over the Serbian’s temperament.
For youth prospect Adam Armstrong, on loan at Coventry, meanwhile it has been two games and four goals, with the 18-year-old the current top-scorer in League One.
Named in the Football League team of the week for the opening weekend of the season, the West Denton-born forward looks a shoo-in to make the starting line-up for a second week running.
With Coventry top and Armstrong responsible for four of the six goals scored by the Sky Blues, it is no exaggeration to describe the Newcastle youngster as the star performer in the third tier so far this term.
His brace against Millwall in a 4-0 away win at the New Den demonstrated his considerable talent too, with Armstrong netting a sensational goal from all of 40 yards in what was a memorable victory for the Midlands side.
On loan at Coventry until January, Armstrong is certainly making a valid case for a recall to the Newcastle first team come the turn of the year.
Anyone who has followed the 18-year-old’s career to date will be far from surprised by his form in League One though.
In 14 appearances in the Under-21 Premier League last term, Armstrong scored 11 goals, while his record for the England under-18 side stands at nine goals in nine games.
Used in the League Cup last term, Armstrong still struggled to break into the Newcastle first-team under John Carver.
But with Steve McClaren known for giving young English talent a chance during his time with Derby and even before then with Middlesbrough, there could be an opportunity for Armstrong to stake a claim come January.
With Mitrovic making more headlines for his tackles than his goals and the likes of Emmanuel Riviere seemingly on the fringes, the 18-year-old could be given his opportunity – but only if the goals to continue to flow for Coventry.
Next up is a Tuesday night fixture against a Crewe team that has shipped five in their last two competitive games – what odds on another Armstrong brace?