The international break can be a time for some forgotten players at club level to prove to their managers why they should be starting, and Stuart Armstrong managed just that for Scotland towards Ralph Hasenhuttl.
— Rob Price (@SaintRobinho86) October 13, 2019
The Southampton midfielder scored a sensational free-kick for Steve Clarke’s Tartan Army side during their 6-0 thrashing of San Marino, and the former Celtic star got Southampton fans talking as to why he should be starting ahead of James Ward-Prowse in the Saints starting XI.
Armstrong has been underused massively this season by Hasenhuttl, with numbers from Transfermarkt showing that the 27-year-old attacking midfielder has played just over an hour of first-team football, and after this wondergoal for Scotland, Southampton supporters on social media have called for the international hero to replace Ward-Prowse in the team.
Here’s what some Southampton fans had to say on Twitter about Armstrong’s stunning free-kick…
Stand down Prowsey, your time is up.
— Dogbot (@HampshireDogbot) October 13, 2019
Oh yes! That’s what he can do, cracking goal in the rain, take a bow Stuart Armstrong ! Come on Ralph, are you watching ? That’s just what he can do ! Given the chance…. #Saintsfc #SCOSMR #Euro2020Qualifiers
— Philip Gilliam (@GlasgowSaint) October 13, 2019
— Gary (@Saintly54) October 14, 2019
Ward-prowse bagged about 2 free kicks in 5 years buddy
— Chief Keef (@jakeyjelly) October 13, 2019
The common theme was starting the grow around the goal…
Except prowse hasn’t banged in a free kick in god knows how long
— SuperSaint (@RedArmySfc) October 14, 2019
— Märshäll (@ObafemiTings) October 13, 2019
Stuart Armstrong should be playing instead of Prowse
— Jason Lewis (@jason_lewisj22) October 13, 2019
Great free-kick from Armstrong! No excuses to play JWP now #saintsfc
— James (@jamessfc) October 13, 2019
Replacing Ward-Prowse will be hard for Armstrong, though, as Hasenhuttl has played the Portsmouth-born in every game in all competitions so far this season as numbers from Transfermakrt show.