With still two months of 2020 to go, Adam Armstrong has already passed the 20 goal mark for the calendar year.

His double against Reading, his second brace in two games, means the attacker has now scored 21 times in 2020, and into the top 10 goalscorers list in European football this year.

Armstrong is also top of the Championship goalscoring charts with nine, in eight games, and with a penalty in the Carabao Cup against Doncaster, that means he has already reached double figures in all competitions.

The improvement in numbers of the 23-year-old are quite astonishing, having amassed 24 goals in his last 38 appearances, dating back to December 2019.

He is also now one behind Bradley Dack in terms of goals scored for Rovers, Armstrong having netted 45 times in 127 games (103 starts) while Dack has 46 in 114 games, with the same number of starts.

Armstrong walked away with the club’s player, and goal, of the season, prizes last term, and finished with 17 goals in all, making the highest scorer too.

Dack was the only other player in the squad to reach double figures, that despite his season being cut short by injury in December.

Ben Brereton, Sam Gallagher, Harvey Elliott and Tyrhys Dolan are all off the mark this season, but how Mowbray would love ‘two Adam Armstrongs’.

His reasoning behind that is the goal threat that Armstrong has provided when playing out wide for Rovers in recent seasons, before moving to a more central role this season.

He had his own goal of the season competition in 2019/20, but is yet to score from outside the box so far, and Mowbray feels that will only help add to his goal tally.

“Adam is maturing. He’s 23 now, he’s not 18/19 anymore, like he was when I first worked with him at Coventry City,” he told the club website.

“He’s going to score goals for us, wherever he plays. He can score the scruffy goals or the screamers, like he showed us last campaign, and he can score off both feet as well.

“He scored a glancing header and a half-volley (against Reading) which shows his qualities and his range of goalscoring and I’m happy that he’s with us, as I’ve said multiple times in the past.

“I’ve said to the strikers in the squad that we almost need ‘two Adam Armstrongs’, in that they have to learn how to score the scruffy goals by getting into the killer zones within the six-yard box and finish off any rebounds that might flash across goal.

“There’s nobody other than Adam who’s scoring those types of goals for us, so we need the front players to learn and work on their game in order for them to contribute those types of goals.

“Adam’s done really well in scoring those poacher-type goals as opposed to last season where a lot of them were wonder-strikes, but the fans will see that his numbers will rise because he will continue to score those types of tap-ins and rebounds as well as the wonder goals off both feet.”