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Southampton need Armstrong up and running for clash against Everton

Southampton need Armstrong up and running for clash against Everton

Southampton started off the new Premier League season in a boring manner after playing out a 0-0 draw against Burnley at St. Mary’s.

Scoring goals in the last campaign was a big problem for the Saints and it resulted in them being dragged into a relegation battle.

Since then, manager Mark Hughes has brought in the likes of Danny Ings and Mohamed Elyounoussi — who both made their debuts in the club’s stalemate with Burnley — to help the club on that front.

And the former Stoke City boss will again be looking towards the pair, alongside Stuart Armstrong, when the Saints travel to Goodison Park to face Everton on Saturday.

The Breakdown

Like Ings and Elyounoussi, Armstrong was making his competitive debut at St.Mary’s, only for it to end prematurely after he was forced off injured.

Hughes, though, has confirmed the 26-year-old should be fit for the Everton game while praising his display against Burnley before he was taken off.

Speaking to the Daily Echo, Hughes said: “I was pleased with his performance and I saw him walking around in the dressing room and he looks fine.

“He just got a bang so I imagine he’ll be ok but we will check him.”

Assessing Southampton’s squad, it is one not blessed with a tonne of goals and attacking threat, so it is vital that £6.3m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Armstrong is ready for Saturday.

While Armstrong is regarded as a box-to-box to midfielder, the Scotland international has played in numerous positions on the field such as at No.10 and is capable at both creating and putting away chances.

Armstrong’s knack of arriving in the box at just the right time saw him score 15 SPL goals and set up a further seven in Celtic’s 2016/17 treble-winning season, and Hughes will be counting on him to help Southampton with their goal-scoring dilemma against Everton and throughout the season.

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