11/08/2021; 9:11 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
Following the departure of Danny Ings to Aston Villa for a fee of £25m, Southampton have been forced to go into the market for a replacement.
The Saints have raided the Championship for Blackburn's English striker Adam Armstrong. The striker was signed from Blackburn on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee. However, it is speculated to be in the region of £15 million as per 90min.
During the 2020/21 season, Armstrong banged in 28 goals for Blackburn in the Sky Bet Championship. He finished the season as the second top scorer in the division.
Armstrong has had loan spells at Newcastle, Coventry, Barnsley and Bolton Wanderers.
The former Newcastle player expressed excitement at penning a contract with the club. He described the deal as perfect for the next step in his career.
According to Armstrong, it is an unbelievable feat to make it to a club he described as massive and with a big fanbase. He also stressed that he was looking forward to the challenge.
He wanted to return to the Premier League and is over the moon at the deal. Armstrong is also capped five times with the U-21 for England.
A tally of 28 goals a season, even in the Championship, is no mean feat. A player with that goal rate is expected to deliver with the service at his disposal.
Armstrong was never under the radar and had attracted attention from several clubs, including Tottenham. This bit is not lost on Hasenhuttl, who has described getting the player as a massive coup.
According to the gaffer, Adam was a big target for the club this summer, and they pulled out all the stops to get him. He is also pleased at having added him to the squad, considering Southampton were not the only club in the hunt for his signature.
Talking about the player's qualities, Hassenhuttl was full of praise for the young Englishman, and he gushed at the value that he brings to the table.
Describing him, he said coming to Southampton shows he's at a good stage of his career. At his age, he is a dynamic player and has developed well so far with good experience. His goal scoring record is also impressive, and the club can help him realize even more of his potential.
For Hassenhuttl, he gives the team another option in attack and will be important for the team. Losing a proper goal-scorer, Danny Ings, might indeed be a tough one for the Saints. However, with Adam, they are getting a much younger forward capable of delivering goals as well.
Elsewhere, Southampton have also signed 19-year-old striker Armando Broja from Chelsea on a season-long loan.