New Carlisle United Striker ‘Hopeful’ Of Changing Fortunes Around

Carlisle United striker Luke Armstrong is looking to get his first goal for the club, with the Blues travelling to high-flyers Barnsley on Tuesday night.

Armstrong joined the club for a reported club-record deal from League Two side Harrogate Town, and has already made two appearances for his new club. Although he is yet to find the back of the net, the striker has impressed fans with his work rate in both matches.

Carlisle are beginning to find themselves somewhat in desperation mode, now sat six points adrift from safety and just one win to their name in the league since late-October. With teams around them including Cheltenham Town and Reading both picking up vital wins in recent weeks, the Blues could find themselves further adrift if not picking up their form soon.

They have however been extremely busy in January, bringing four new faces to Brunton Park ; Armstrong,alongside Harrison Neal, Sean Gresham and most-recently goalkeeper Harry Lewis have all been added to aid their chances of survival so far and may well not be the last.

Armstrong is however the marquee signing of the four and has the potential to be the star man in Cumbria. Although he’d officially join the club in January, the striker has been with the Blues since December, due to Harrogate allowing him to train with his new club prior to the official deal going through.

Paul Simpson’s side have the fourth-worst goalscoring record in the league and it was evidently a position which needed addressing in January given no striker has scored more than four in the league this season for the club.

In an interview on the club’s official website, Armstrong seemed hungry to get off the mark for the Blues and change the club’s fortunes around.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be here. It was great to get the move sorted and get here early so I could meet all the lads. Despite the results in my first two games, I’ve really enjoyed being back out on the pitch and I’m really hopeful for the next few months.

“Arriving early definitely helped me settle in. Sometimes it’s tough getting thrown straight in there and not quite knowing what to expect from the lads you’re playing with.”

I’ve had a few chances so far but as a striker you’re always more disappointed if you aren’t getting opportunities. I’ve had a few chances so far and we’ve had a few as a team so that is still a positive. We just need to get that final and most important little bit done, and I’m sure it’ll come.

“The backing that I’ve been given with the length of my deal is really good. It shows a lot of faith in me so I really want to repay that back to the club and the owners. I just want to do really well for this club.”

Writer’s View

There is still plenty of the season to go, and still plenty of time for Carlisle to turn thing around, however they are beginning to fall adrift from the rest of their relegation rivals. With the game against Barnsley on Tuesday night followed by the trip to relegation-threatened Cheltenham Town on Saturday, manager Paul Simpson will be hoping to get a result from at least one of those games.

Armstrong will no doubt play a huge part in their survival chances and the striker will be itching to get off the mark. Signing the striker may just prove the difference between survival and relegation this season.

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