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Southampton can land big Armstrong upgrade with Moussa Dembele transfer

Southampton only had three players in their squad who netted five or more goals in the Premier League last season.

One player who didn’t reach this particular mark is Adam Armstrong.

After arriving at St Mary’s from Blackburn Rovers last summer on a four-year deal reported to be worth around £15m, the attacker could only find the net twice in the Premier League throughout his debut campaign on the south coast.

Despite recently securing a deal for Sekou Mara from Bordeaux, the remaining weeks of the summer transfer window could give the Saints the chance to bring in a potential upgrade on the former Blackburn ace, who clearly found goals rather hard to come by since his move from Ewood Park.

One man who has been linked with a move to the south coast club and who would certainly be an upgrade on Armstrong is Moussa Dembele.

With 300 senior appearances to his name for Lyon, Celtic and Fulham, the 26-year-old has found the net 135 times in total.

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This highlights the clear goalscoring talent that he has and the experience that he’d be able to offer to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.

In fact, even though he played in just seven more league games than Armstrong last season, the Frenchman still netted 19 more goals than the Saints attacker.

In addition, the former Celtic star racked up more shot-creating actions and successful dribbles than the Englishman, and also a higher rate for shots on target and goals per shot on target (per FBRef).

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This backs up why the striker was hailed as an “exceptional” player by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola in the past.

It also makes it clear to see that Dembele would be a major upgrade on Armstrong after his disappointing debut season in the top flight with Southampton.

Should Hasenhuttl feel the need to add another attacking figure to his squad before the summer transfer window closes, securing a deal for Dembele could be the best way to do it, as the Lyon centre-forward has shown he has what it takes to be a consistent goalscorer in France, Scotland and England in the past.

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