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TT Battle: Scott Arfield vs Stuart Armstrong

Looking at Southampton’s squad, supporters will probably be pleased with the midfield options Ralph Hasenhuttl has been afforded.

In this moment of time, the Saints boss has the likes of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, James Ward-Prowse and Oriol Romeu all to call upon.

Yet the south coast club may still look to strengthen that area in the summer, with the Daily Mirror reporting a swoop for Rangers’ Scott Arfield could be on the cards.

How, though, do the 30-year-old and Stuart Armstrong, a player he could be competing against for a place, compare?

Scott Arfield

A very versatile midfielder, Arfield has been among the goals this season for Rangers in the SPL.

The former Burnley man, who is capable of playing centrally or on the left, has 10 league goals to his name and has since drawn comparisons with Armstrong, as a result.

“Arfield is the kind of midfielder that is a bit of a dying breed in the game,” ex-Rangers captain Lee McCulloch wrote in a recent Glasgow Evening Times column.

“If you look at someone like Stuart Armstrong when he was at Celtic, he would be the midfielder that would run beyond the striker. He gets chances and goals himself by doing that.”

Looking back at his previous stint in English football, though, it is hard to imagine Arfield being as deadly in front of goal in a Southampton shirt.

TT Grade: C-

Stuart Armstrong

As already touched on by McCulloch, Armstrong is the kind of midfielder who has built his game around timing his runs to perfection.

At Celtic, the 27-year-old constantly arrived at the edge or into the box at the right time before lashing a threatening shot towards goals, an action Southampton fans have seen glimpses of.

With just the three Premier League goals to his name so far this season, however, it is something they have arguably not seen enough of.

That being said, based on the flashes of brilliance Armstrong has managed to conjure up, he still looks like a good bit of business done by the club last summer, especially at the £7m (BBC Sport) they paid for him.

After a full season of Premier League football to his name, it would not be a surprise to see the Scotland international go up another level in the next campaign.

TT Grade: B-

TT Verdict:

Assessing their games, it is quite fair to say Arfield and Armstrong are two very similar players.

The Rangers and Southampton midfielders are both versatile footballers and carry a goal threat in their respective sides with their runs into the box.

Considering all of that, is there really much point in the Saints chasing Arfield? In Armstrong, they already have a midfield man who can do what the Canada international does more efficiently and is three years younger.

Southampton and Rangers fans, who wins this battle? Join the discussion by commenting below.

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