With their 1-0 Premier League win over Watford at the weekend behind them, Southampton now have a Friday night clash against Aston Villa to deal with.
So far this season, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have managed to score nine league goals in their opening ten games, leaving just Norwich City (3) having scored fewer goals in this campaign.
With this in mind and the clash against Villa on the horizon, the Saints have fortunately been handed an injury boost that could put them in a good position to secure a win against Dean Smith’s side.
It has recently been revealed that Saints striker Armando Broja has returned to first-team training after missing the clash at Watford with an ankle injury.
Prior to the win at Vicarage Road, Broja, who is on loan with the Saints from fellow Premier League side Chelsea, managed to score a goal in each of his two previous league games against Leeds United and Burnley, proving how much of a big boost this is for the Saints and why we feel Hasenhuttl will be thrilled to have the striker potentially back in contention for the match against Villa.
Given how Villa have lost their four previous league games, conceding 12 goals in the process, we feel that if Broja is fit enough to start then he definitely should be in the Saint’s starting XI to see if he can continue where he left off before picking up his ankle injury. If he does so, it would compile even more misery on the struggling Midlands club.
If Hasenhuttl starts him, we feel that the Austrian will have a tough decision to make considering how Che Adams scored the winning goal against Watford and the fact that Adam Armstrong managed to assist that very strike, earning himself an overall match rating of 7/10 according to SofaScore.
However, given how the talented striker is only on loan at the south coast club for the season, we feel that it would be best if Hasenhuttl got as many minutes out of him as possible before he returns to Chelsea in the summer. That said, if he starts against Villa and doesn’t impress, Hasenhuttl should do what’s best for the whole team rather than just sticking with Broja for the time being.