Ralph Hassenhuttl is confident Adam Armstrong will eventually get back in shape after the former Blackburn Rovers striker was relegated to a substitute role in Southampton’s last two matches.
Armstrong made a dream start to his Premier League career following his Â£ 15million transfer from Rovers, scoring in the first 23 minutes of his Southampton debut in a 3-1 loss to Everton.
The 24-year-old, who scored 29 goals in all competitions in the previous campaign, played the next six league games but failed to add to his count despite 21 shots, including seven on target.
Armstrong was then dropped on the bench in last week’s game against Leeds United, with his replacement Armando Broja scoring the winner of that contest as Southampton claimed their first league win of the season.
He was partnered with Nathan Redmond, a partnership Hassenhuttl chose to maintain against Burnley as Armstrong entered the dying minutes in search of a late winner.
With Che Adams returning from a muscle problem, competition in the hitting department is expected to be intense, but Hassenhuttl is confident that Armstrong will be fine in the future, citing Adams’ onboarding process that has taken place. took several months to adjust following his multiple problems. million pounds from Birmingham City.
“We know that the start of your first year in the Premier League will always be difficult, but he has had good games this season,” his manager told Hampshire Live.
“I’m so sure he will play a lot of games for us, but we have to be careful, we have a lot of options up front and we have to see who makes the right decisions at the right time.
“He can score goals, he shows it to us in every session and it won’t be long before he scores his second in the league.”
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