Southampton fans have taken to Twitter to heap praise on Stuart Armstrong, following the impressive 2-0 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day.
The Scotland international was making his fifth Premier League start of the campaign against the Blues at Stamford Bridge, and went on to deliver an excellent performance which was vital in helping his side pick up a huge three points.
Armstrong had one shot, made one key pass, completed two dribbles and drew two fouls from Frank Lampard’s side, highlighting his substantial contribution on the attacking side of things – his sublime one-two with Danny Ings and lofted through ball into Nathan Redmond for the second goal was an exquisite piece of play.
— Dan Hargraves (@danhargraves_) December 26, 2019
On the defensive side of things, the 27-year-old was again heavily involved. Armstrong made four successful tackles, as well as two clearances on a day where his class shone through.
The Saints now sit quite comfortably in 14th place, with 21 points to their name – the response to that embarrassing 9-0 defeat to Leicester has been quite eye-catching.
2nd game running that Stuart Armstrong has run the show. Modern day Steven Davis #saintsfc
— Caddy (@CaddyWooldridge) December 26, 2019
This supporter said that the win over Chelsea was the second game running in which Armstrong has ran the show, before going on to call the former Celtic man a “modern day Steven Davis” – high praise indeed given how influential the Northern Irishman used to be for Southampton.
It’s no coincidence we have won the last 2 games since he has been back. Looks quality and definitely makes us tick
— scott (@scotteds156) December 26, 2019
Another fan made reference to the last two games, saying that “it’s no coincidence” that Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have won the last two games in which Armstrong has returned to the team – they then went on to state that the midfielder “makes us tick”.
I think today confirms Armstrong is vital to this side and the way we set up…..#saintsfc
— Jason Lawson (@jase1962) December 26, 2019
Armstrong really is vital to the team. So good at creating attacks #saintsfc
— Jamie (@jamie17saints) December 26, 2019
Elsewhere, this pair of supporters both mentioned that the Southampton No.17 is “vital” to the side – the second fan added that Armstrong is “so good at creating attacks”.
Stuart Armstrong, the Scottish Xavi. #saintsfc
— The Saint Centre (@TheSaintCentre) December 26, 2019
Meanwhile, The Saint Centre dropped some more lofty praise on the Scotsman by comparing him to Barcelona and Spain legend Xavi, which means that he must be doing something right under Hasenhuttl.
My #SaintsFC thoughts: For me Armstrong was brilliant today. Glad to see him showing progress. Adams, ward-prowse, Stephens and bednarek worth a mention. Stephens under a rare bit of praise. I really hope he can consistently perform like that
— SaintsFC Fan (@Saints_Fan_COYR) December 26, 2019
Lastly, this fan said that Armstrong was “brilliant” against Chelsea, while adding that they’re “glad to see him showing progress” – it is safe to say that the Southampton fans on Twitter are appreciative of the midfielder’s contributions!
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