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Southampton: Ralph must unleash Adam Armstrong against Wolves

Southampton are looking for their first win of the Premier League season as they face Wolves at St Mary’s on Sunday.

The Saints are yet to win a match in the league this term, having drawn with Manchester United, Newcastle, West Ham and Manchester City after their opening day defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.

They head into this match against Wolves after beating Sheffield United on penalties in the Carabao Cup after a 2-2 draw in normal time.

One player who was left out of the starting XI against the Blades was summer signing Adam Armstrong. Armando Broja started up front and failed to get himself on the scoresheet, which is why Ralph Hasenhuttl must unleash Armstrong against Wolves on Sunday.

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Broja was caught offside four times, missed his penalty in the shootout and only completed 55% of his passes during the game. Armstrong, meanwhile, is a proven goalscorer who has the ability to be a match-winner for the Saints.

Hasenhuttl admitted in the summer that the 24-year-old was a big target for the Saints as he is a dynamic player with room to develop further.

The Austrian said: “Adam was a big target for us this summer, so we are very pleased to have added him to the squad, especially as there was a lot of interest in him from other clubs too.

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“He is at a good stage of his career for him to be coming here. He is a young, dynamic player who has developed well so far and already has good experience, as well as an impressive goalscoring record, and I believe we can now help him realise even more of his potential.”

The £17k-per-week gem has scored once in five Premier League games this season, having netted 28 goals in the Championship for Blackburn last term. This shows that he knows how to put the ball in the net, and that is why Hasenhuttl must unleash him against Wolves in the starting line-up today.

If he is able to take even one chance in front of goal, that could make all the difference. Of course, Hasenhuttl also must ensure that the rest of the team is built to create opportunities for him, with the necessary midfield balance to build the play out from the back and provide Armstrong with the service he needs in the final third.

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