Southampton midfielder Stuart Armstrong could depart the club on loan in the coming weeks, according to a report from The Sun on Sunday (18/8; page 61).
The Scotland international did not feature at all in the Saints’ opening defeat to Burnley last weekend, and was only introduced as a late substitute against Liverpool on Saturday afternoon.
Because of this, the former Celtic midfielder could seemingly leave the club on loan, with the European transfer window not closing until 2 September.
Having joined Southampton from Celtic for a reported £7m last summer, the Scot made 29 appearances for Saints in his debut Premier League season, finding the net three times and providing a further two assists.
Despite reported interest in Armstrong, it would be surprising to see him leave the club temporarily this summer. Although Saints have the likes of Nathan Redmond, James Ward-Prowse, Soufiane Boufal and now Moussa Djenepo available to them in the attacking midfield areas, they’ll need back-up should injuries occur throughout the campaign.
Southampton will also be competing in the FA Cup and EFL Cup as the season progresses, so there is always a chance his manager could opt to rotate his squad. After all, only three players averaged more key passes per game (1) than him last season so it’s not as if the ex-Celtic man is performing well below the standards set by the rest of the squad.
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