Date: 16th October 2019 at 6:00am
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Southampton’s reported £7million capture of former Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong has fallen into the category of being another signing in recent seasons that has produced a mixed response.

The 27-year-old Scotland international has only featured six times in the Premier League 2019/20 campaign for Austrian manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, and following his arrival in the summer of 2018, he only boasts 19 starts and 19 substitute showings – but he has chipped in with four goals.

At points, he’s been anonymous, but few would argue we hadn’t seen flashes of what he was capable of in the middle of the park – it’s just about getting some proper consistency and confidence into him it seems.

Despite his lack of game time for us this year, with only 65 minutes from substitute appearances in the top flight, he was on international duty for Scotland during the October break and he certainly took some credit and headlines from their 6-0 victory over San Marino that kept qualification hopes through to the European Championships in 2020 alive.

Armstrong was a 70th minute substitute as he replaced hattrick hero John McGinn, but in the 84th minute he got himself on the scoresheet from a set piece, and on social media, it again left fans wondering if we’d ever see the best from him.

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