Southampton has acted quickly in the wake of the loss of Danny Ings after his £30-million move to ambitious Aston Villa and has sealed a deal for Blackburn Rovers striker Adam Armstrong.
BREAKING: Southampton complete the signing of Adam Armstrong from Blackburn on a four-year deal.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 10, 2021
As reported by SkySports, the 24-year-old Newcastle-upon-Tyne native agreed to a 4-year deal with the south coast outfit and could be available as early as Saints’ weekend Premier League opener against Everton at Goodison Park.
Armstrong is coming off a very impressive 2020-21 Championship campaign leading the line at Ewood Park, where he smashed 28-goals for Rovers and finished second to only Brentford’s Ivan Toney (33) in the goal charts, and ahead of Norwich’s Teemu Pukki (26).
It has already been quipped on social media that Armstrong has finally completed a reverse chain of transfer moves to fellow Newcastle-native and iconic England striker Alan Shearer. Both will have now appeared for all three of Blackburn, Newcastle United, and Southampton once Armstrong is given his debut by boss Ralph Hasenhüttl, who is upbeat about his new leading man;
“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. 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. He will bring a lot of qualities to our team, and he gives us another good option in attack, which will be important for us.” [quotes via SkySports]
But there are big shoes to fill for Armstrong if he is to live up to expectations as Ings’ replacement at St. Mary’s. Despite a career at club level riddled with injury woes, Ings hit 41-goals in 91-appearances for Saints in three seasons, leading the club in goals in each one of them. But with the similarities between Armstrong and his predecessor, and Premier League experience already on his resume, he should settle in nicely at his new home.
The deal sees Southampton complete its sixth bit of business this summer. In addition to Armstrong, Saints have acquired three Chelsea youngsters in the form of Valentino Livramento and Dynel Simeu on full deals, while also bringing in Albanian international Armando Broja on loan, as well as securing former academy graduate Theo Walcott on a free transfer, and Stade Brest’s 23-year-old left-back Romain Perraud.