Southampton had a very poor season last year and unusually for the south coast club in recent years, were fighting relegation.
The Saints appointed Mark Hughes to keep them in the league and although he managed to put out the relegation fire, Southampton have made a poor start to this season and at the moment sit 16th in the table. At the weekend, Southampton were beaten for the third successive league game this weekend by Chelsea and are in a run of terrible form.
Crucially for Southampton, the club has struggled to score goals and as of yet have only managed to score six goals this season, despite bringing in Danny Ings on loan.
Southampton need players to step up and lead the team pretty soon or the Saints could once again be fighting another relegation battle. One player who is going to be crucial for the saints, is summer signing Stuart Armstrong who joined the club from Celtic for a reported £7 million fee.
The 26-year-old – who’s valued at £6.3 million – was a proven performer during his time north of the border and was a crucial player in the club’s successive treble winning campaigns. During his four years at Celtic Armstrong won eight major trophies and scored 17 times in the 2016/17 season.
Last season the midfielder struggled to get into the team due to injuries but nonetheless, his experience could be vital for the Southampton side. Armstrong has experience of playing in big European games but has also been capped seven times by Scotland.
So far this season, Armstrong has been used sparingly by Hughes but if the former Man City manager has any sense, he will play the midfielder after the international break.
Southampton have plenty of quality in the side to be a mid-table team but as it stands, the club doesn’t seem to have any players that can pull the side together and grind out tough results.
If Armstrong doesn’t play after the international break, questions will begin to be asked about Mark Hughes.
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