Ralph Hasenhuttl was handed a huge boost at Southampton on New Years’ Day as Stuart Armstrong committed to a new contract with the club, signing until 2024.
The Scottish international, who signed from Celtic in 2018, has established himself as a key part of the Southampton squad in recent years, having made 79 appearances, in which he has contributed 11 goals and seven assists.
The 28-year-old has been especially impressive so far this season for the South Coast club, having contributed two goals and two assists in 13 top-flight appearances, which has seen him average a solid 6.83 rating, which is comfortably better than the ratings he has posted with the Saints in the previous two seasons.
Whilst this season has seen Armstrong mainly feature as a right-winger, his versatility is also no doubt appreciated by Hasenhuttl, as he has played across the midfield and on either wing in his career thus far.
The Scottish winger has also taken the fifth-most shots in the Premier League for the Saints this season, which emphasises that he is an important player in this Southampton side from an attacking point of view.
Whilst the 28-year-old has never really rediscovered the sort of attacking output he showed during his time at Celtic, as he managed 15 goals and seven assists in 31 games in the 2016/17 season, he is showing signs of improvement with the South Coast club this season, which is something consistent with a lot of players this season, as the Saints currently sit just three points off the top four spots.
During his time with the Bhoys, manager Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for the midfielder, saying:
“The one player who stood out above them all was Stuart Armstrong.
“Technically he has everything. He’s strong. I wasn’t sure tactically how he was but he looked like he had an idea. Physically he has everything: he’s fast, he’s strong, he’s powerful.”
Therefore, it can only be good news that Armstrong has committed his long-term future to the club and hopefully he will continue to impress in Hasenhuttl’s side this season.