With just five goals scored in their opening seven Premier League games of the season, Southampton have not been particularly potent in front of goal so far this term.
When the international break ends, the Saints will welcome fellow league strugglers Leeds United to St Mary’s for their latest attempt at getting their first league win of the season.
One player who has yet to make his first league start of the season for Southampton and who we feel should start against the Whites is Armando Broja.
Southampton signed Broja in August on a loan deal from fellow Premier League side Chelsea until the end of the season.
So far this term, the 20-year-old striker – who is currently valued at £2.7m by Transfermarkt – has only made four appearances for the Saints in the league, coming off the bench on each occasion. However, he netted twice when they thumped Newport County 8-0 in the Carabao Cup in August, illustrating that he can pounce in the penalty area when he is given a chance to show his worth.
Looking ahead to the Leeds game, only Newcastle United and Norwich City (16) have conceded more goals than Marcelo Bielsa’s side (14). Therefore, we feel that this could be the best opportunity to give Broja his first league start of the season to see if he can have a goalscoring impact rather than bringing him off the bench again.
Additionally, taking into account how Che Adams has failed to score in all competitions despite appearing in all but two of Southampton’s seven league games so far this season, this could potentially persuade Hasenhuttl to drop the 25-year-old and give Broja his chance to shine.
If the Albanian does end up starting against Leeds and makes a positive impact on the game which directly leads to Southampton securing their first win of the season, we feel that he should keep his place in the side to try and prove that he can find the net on a regular basis.
If he can do as such, he could well prove to be a very significant player for the Saints before he returns to Chelsea at the end of the season.