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Ralph Hasenhuttl got a big boost in Southampton on New Years Day as Stuart Armstrong committed to a new contract with the club, signing until 2024.
The Scottish international, who signed Celtic in 2018, has established himself as a key part of the Southampton squad in recent years, having made 79 appearances, in which he has contributed 11 goals and seven assists.
The 28-year-old has been particularly impressive so far this season for the South Coast club, having contributed two goals and two assists in 13 top flight appearances, which has seen him hit a solid average. 6.83 rating, which is comfortably better than the ratings he’s posted with the Saints in the previous two seasons.
While this season has seen Armstrong perform primarily as a right winger, Hasenhuttl also appreciates his versatility, as he has. played in midfield and on any wing in his career so far.
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The Scottish winger has also taken the fifth highest number of shots in the Premier League for the Saints this season, emphasizing that he is an important player at this Southampton from an offensive point of view.
While the 28-year-old has never really rediscovered the kind of attacking output he displayed during his time at Celtic, as he managed 15 goals and seven assists in 31 games in the 2016/17 season, is showing signs of improvement with the South Coast club this season, which is consistent with many players this season as the Saints currently sit just three points out of the top four.
During his time with the Bhoys, manager Brendan Rodgers was full of praise to the midfielder, saying:
“The only player who stood out above all was Stuart Armstrong.
“Technically it has it all. He is strong. He wasn’t tactically sure how he was doing, but it seemed like he had an idea. Physically he has everything: he is fast, he is strong, he is powerful ”.
So it can only be good news that Armstrong has committed his long-term future to the club and will hopefully continue to impress Hasenhuttl’s team this season.
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