Player News - Southampton

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Southampton's Stuart Armstrong's appearance for Scotland against Portugal at the weekend was cut short as he limped off with an apparent calf injury.

Armstrong, a £7m summer signing from Celtic, has yet to make an impact at St. Mary's, having failed to start a game since August. His 77 minute run-out against the current European Champions was his longest appearance all season, though he showed a few good moments in spite of his lack of game time. Before going off, Armstrong played as a holding midfielder as the Scots absorbed pressure from their superior opponents who recorded a 3-1 win on the night.
Source: Daily Echo
Oct 16 - 12:26 PM

Southampton was unable to make the most of their chances as they fell 3-0 to a dominant Chelsea at the St. Mary's Stadium on Sunday.

Mark Hughes made two changes to the side that beat Everton in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday with Ryan Bertrand and Wesley Hoet recalled at the expense of Matt Targett and Jack Stephens in defence. The Saints grew into the match after seeing little of possession early but paid the price after Danny Ings blazed over the bar midway through the first half. Having conceded possession 25 yards from goal, Ross Barkley found Hazard in the box and the Belgian slotted confidently past Alex McCarthy. The home side turned up the pressure after conceding a second time in the 57th minute, but Kepa Arrizabalaga thwarted long-range strikers from Nathan Redmond and Ings, while Alvaro Morata capped the scoreline late on. The defeat means Southampton remain in 16th, even on five points with Fulham but ahead on goal difference (-8).
Oct 7 - 12:50 PM

Theo Walcott's late equaliser in normal time wasn't enough for Everton as they eventually crashed out of the EFL Cup on penalties to Southampton.

Southampton had the best chances in the first half where they dominated. Morgan Schneiderlin's stray backpass sent Nathan Redmond in on goal but the Englishman could only hit the post. In the same half, Danny Ings put the Saints ahead. Lookman had a great chance for Everton after he was played in by Bernard but Angus Gunn was equal to it. Jan Bednarek's effort challenged Maarten Stekelenburg in the second half whilst Mario Lemina fired wide. Everton were pretty toothless right up until Walcott escape the defence late in the second half and sent the game to penalties, where Southampton triumphed on a 4-3 scoreline.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 2 - 6:08 PM

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg scored a screamer from 30+ yards out but it and Danny Ings penalty weren't enough to beat rivals Brighton as Albion came back late to secure a 2-2 draw.

The Saints looked the far better side for the first half and into the second half on Monday. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's goal wasn't of the variety that you can expect to be repeated but it was indicative of the Saints' superiority in the first half where they looked likely to score from closer range on multiple occasions. After Danny Ings drew a penalty after dribbling through half the Albion side it looked like the match was over. Not so fast as the Saints defense wilted in the second half allowing goals from Shane Duffy and Glenn Murray (also from the spot). They almost won it at the death on a Ryan Bertrand free kick but it wasn't to be and the honors were split.
Sep 17 - 5:25 PM

Southampton could be extra thin at forward this weekend when they host Brighton and Hove Albion.

Manager Claude Puel revealed that both Shane Long and Charlie Austin have yet to train this week as they struggle with various injuries. Meanwhile, Saints surprise star of the season in Danny Ings has been struggling with a foot injury since Gameweek 2, but the on-loan Liverpool forward has scored two goals since. "We have concerns with Shane Long (toe) and Charlie Austin (hamstring), who haven’t trained this week, but we’re hoping to have them back over the weekend," Puel said. "Danny (Ings) has a bad blister. He tore a chunk of skin off his foot against Everton and he was taking painkillers to stop the pain. He’s not having injections anymore and he’s back in training, so we’re hoping there are no more problems with that."
Sep 13 - 8:28 PM

Mark Hughes admits that he has to "disappoint" big names when he selects a matchday squad.

When the Saints marched to Selhurst Park and won 2-0 in GW4, summer arrival Stuart Armstrong and striker Manolo Gabbiadini travelled but didn't make the cut for the 18 man squad. "There were four or five that didn’t make the first team matchday squad and they haven’t done anything wrong. They have trained conscientiously as they always do, and it’s a shame you have to disappoint," said Hughes. He contends that many of the 25 men at his disposal will all have a part to play as the season unfolds, even if they have not been amongst those used thus far. Just 16 players have appeared in the Welsh manager's starting XIs thus far. All that said and done, it will be hard to accommodate so many players, and many may leave the club in January on loan or permanently.
Sep 11 - 11:38 AM

Second-half goals from Danny Ings and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg earned three points for Southampton at Crystal Palace.

After a scoreless first half, Ings wasted no time in the second stanza with a goal two minutes into the second half. A long-ball from Cedric Soares dropped in behind the Crystal Palace defense where Ings latched onto it and sent a shot under Wayne Hennessey for the lead. In the 63rd minute after a hand-ball inside the box, Charlie Austin stepped to the spot but was denied by Hennessey as a tense half ensued. But Hojbjerg, the former Bayern Munich midfielder, was able to put things to bed in stoppage time with his breakaway goal to bring Saints into the top half of the table with their first win of the season.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 1 - 12:18 PM

Southampton got their first win of the season after a 1-0 win over Brighton in the Carabao Cup.

After a bright performance at the weekend, summer signing Mohamed Elyounoussi was the first to test Brighton GK David Button. A follow up by Maya Yoshida was cleared off the line. The Saints side with 10 changes had a few chances but it was the substitution on of Charlie Austin which proved decisive. After already having a shot blocked on the line by Bernardo, he met a cross from Nathan Redmond which earned the Saints a late slender lead. Angus Gunn made his debut between the sticks for Mark Hughes' side, and he made two notable saves from Brighton's Viktor Gyokeres.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 29 - 4:02 PM

Southampton fans will be pleased to see Danny Ings on the scoresheet but only as consolation in a 2-1 loss to Everton.

The on-loan Liverpool forward, who came into the starting lineup for Stuart Armstrong, joined Southampton on deadline day and coupled his first start with his first goal for the club, only his fourth in the last four seasons following a series of serious injuries. Down 2-0 in the 54th after a couple of first-half goals from Everton, Ings latched onto a flicked header from Mario Lemina following a corner to cut the lead in half, although that was all for Saints, who recorded four yellow cards on the afternoon.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 18 - 12:19 PM

Southampton's summer signing Mohamed Elyounoussi is unlikely to feature for the club at Goodison Park this weekend.

After coming off the bench in the 0-0 draw with Burnley on the opening day of the season, he felt a tightness in his hamstring. The niggle may be enough to rule him out. Fellow new-arrival Stuart Armstrong has received better news after limping off at St. Mary's with Mark Hughes declaring that "he looks OK and has trained today so [Hughes] don’t anticipate [Armstrong] missing out."
Source: Daily Echo
Aug 17 - 12:10 PM

Summer signing Stuart Armstrong impressed on his Southampton debut until injury forced the midfielder off on the hour mark.

The 26-year-old, who arrived from Scottish Premiership outfit Celtic for £7m, pleased manager Mark Hughes with his overall performance and link-up play in the attacking third. "He made good runs and the longer he’s with us, we will be able to exploit them on more occasions and more readily." But, his afternoon was cut-short after taking an unspecified knock, although the Saints boss was quick to allay any concerns of a serious injury. "I saw him walking around in the dressing room and he looks fine. He just got a bang, so I imagine he’ll be okay, but we will check him tomorrow." Southampton travel to Goodison Park this weekend and Hughes must decide whether to stick with the three centre-halves which started in a 3-4-2-1 against Burnley or switch to a more orthodox [and familiar] flat back four in an attempt to stifle the attacking threat of Richarlison
Source: Daily Echo
Aug 15 - 10:44 AM

Southampton's Alex McCarthy and Burnley's new goalkeeper Joe Hart were kept occupied in their sides' 0-0 draw at St. Mary's.

Burnley dominated the first half; Aaron Lennon drew the first notable save out of Mccarthy when he latched onto a loose ball and hammered the ball at goal. The Clarets continued to shoot with abandon but failed to really trouble Southampton's 'keeper again until Jeff Hendrick's header late in the first half. Danny Ings and Mohamed Elyounoussi were introduced to the fray in the second half and helped Mark Hughes' men grow into the game, sparking opportunities for Lemina and Josh Stephens which couldn't beat Hart. A slow start for two PL top-half hopefuls.
Source: BBC Sport
Aug 12 - 4:18 PM

One of the last deals completed on the summer transfer deadline day was Danny Ings' surprise move to Southampton.

Ings has moved to the south coast club on a loan for the season, with Southampton holding an option to buy the player for £16 million ($20.5 million) at the end of the season. Ings starred for both Bournemouth and Burnley before he signed for Liverpool in 2015, however his time on Merseyside was interrupted by injuries which limited him to just 14 appearances over the course of three seasons. In his last full season in the PL, he scored 11 goals for Burnley. That eye-catching tally as a 22 year-old followed 21 goals in the Championship the year before. Mark Hughes was clearly thinking of those goalscoring feats when went for the deal as Southampton's squad have struggled to find the net for two consecutive seasons.
Source: Daily Echo
Aug 9 - 5:24 PM

Jannik Vestergaard returned home from World Cup duty with Denmark having failed to make an appearance and promptly signed for Southampton a few days ago.

The 6ft 6in centre-back has signed a four-year deal at St. Mary's, becoming their record transfer in the process at approximately £18 million ($23.6m). The 24 year-old arrives from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach, for whom he made 79 appearances in two seasons including run-outs in the Champions League and Europa League. Given his height, it's not a shock that Vestergaard is renowned for his aerial ability - he won 90 aerial duels in the German top flight last term, a 60% success rate. 90 is the 13th best tally of all players in that division. The Dane also topped the league for blocked shots (35) and was 7th for clearances (146). His 3 defensive errors placed him 19th for that unfortunate tally but just one led to a breakthrough for the opposition.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 17 - 4:05 PM

Southampton has snapped up England Under-21 goalkeeper Angus Gunn from Manchester City.

The transfer fee for the young player was in the region of £13.5m (almost $18m), including add-ons. Gunn, who spent last season at Norwich on-loan, was keen to leave Man City where he was set to be behind Ederson and Bravo in the pecking order. Gunn will now be competing with the first choice at the end of last season, Alex McCarthy, and Fraser Forster. All three goalkeepers come in at 4.5m in FPL. It will be interesting to see who is Mark Hughes' first choice as preseason progresses, as Gunn must have been given some assurances about his game time before he signed on to become a Saint.
Source: BBC Sport
Jul 16 - 5:55 PM



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