Southampton have come to life in this summer’s transfer window after signing Stuart Armstrong from SPL champions Celtic.
The 26-year-old joins the club for £7m, reports the BBC, and Saints fans will be hoping Armstrong is the first of a few new additions made in the coming weeks after a disappointing season.
Armstrong, who is valued at £2m by Transfermarkt, comes in to give manager Mark Hughes options in midfield alongside the likes of Mario Lemina, Oriol Romeu, James Ward-Prowse, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg and Steven Davis.
Having added Armstrong to an already good crop of midfielders, Hughes must now turn his attention to addressing the club’s attack. The futures of Dusan Tadic and Sofiane Boufal remain uncertain, according to Sky Sports and le10sport respectively, while up front Charlie Austin, Manolo Gabbiadini and Shane Long – for different reasons – are not very reliable options.
If Southampton are to avoid another relegation scrap, then Hughes has to get the Saints’ attack firing again. However, in midfield, the team looks healthy and the acquisition of Armstrong will only add to that.
The St. Mary’s outfit also look in decent shape at the back. Despite finding themselves in relegation trouble in the recently concluded Premier League campaign, the likes of Everton, Leicester City, Watford and West Ham all conceded more goals than Hughes’ men.
Take a look at Southampton fans’ thoughts on the signing of Armstrong below…
Stuart Armstrong looks like a really good signing. Hope #saintsfc bring in Gibson & Ings. Never heard of Elyounoussi but he looks good on youtube. Add Alcacer and we have and lose Long, Tadic, Carrillo & Davis and next season could be exciting
— Matt (@MattElgar14) June 26, 2018
Stuart Armstrong is really solid signing. We have a lot of midfielders now though, so I imagine one will have to go this summer. But Armstrong will give our midfield better balance and a great drive going forward. Good signing. #SaintsFC
— ItchenNorth (@mptterrell) June 26, 2018
— Nathan Newington (@newington13) June 26, 2018
Stuart Armstrong seems a great fit for #saintsfc – perfect replacement for the wonderful but ageing Davis. If we can get Elyounoussi, Ings and Gibson through the door that would be a fantastic window for us. Wishful thinking but you gotta dream 🙂
— Arthur Fane (@ArthurFane) June 26, 2018
Superb signing. Will be another great Celtic player to come to us . They’ve not let us down so far That’s why we sing our song for Stuart Armstrong
— Kevin O'Meara (@komeara1) June 26, 2018
We've been missing a decent box to box midfielder who can contribute goals for some time , hopefully Armstrong fits the bill
— Dell1977 (@Andy261971) June 26, 2018
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Attacking CM who looks more creative than what we have, take it all day long. Back it up with further signings
— Louis Harris (@LouisHarris6) June 26, 2018