Report: Stuart Armstrong consider leaving Southampton on loan

Stuart Armstrong of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St Mary's Stadium on August 17, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom.

Southampton could reportedly decide to loan Stuart Armstrong out before the transfer window shuts elsewhere in Europe.

Stuart Armstrong of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St Mary's Stadium on August 17, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom.

According to a report from The Sun on Sunday (18/8; page 61), Stuart Armstrong could look to leave Southampton on loan before the transfer window closes elsewhere in Europe after struggling for game-time for Ralph Hasenhuttl's side.

Armstrong was missing from the Saints' matchday squad for their disappointing defeat to Burnley on the opening day of the campaign, and he only featured for the final 22 minutes of Saturday's loss to Liverpool at St Mary's on Saturday.

 

He made 29 Premier League appearances during his first season on the south coast following his £7 million move from Celtic (fee reported by BBC Sport), scoring three goals and providing two assists. 

The Sun on Sunday (18/8; page 61) reports that clubs across Europe are interested in Armstrong, and he could look to leave on a temporary basis if he is not going to feature for Hasenhuttl's men.

Stuart Armstrong of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St Mary's Stadium on August 17, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom.

Will Southampton let Armstrong go?

Regardless of how little game-time he has had at the start of the new season, it would be a surprise if Southampton decided to let Armstrong leave.

Stuart Armstrong of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Liverpool FC at St Mary's Stadium on August 17, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom.

The 27-year-old is not one of the players that Hasenhuttl seemed to freeze out during pre-season, and he cannot be replaced until January if he does leave on loan.

Southampton have a lot of quality and options in the middle of the park, so Armstrong is facing a battle to play as often as he may like. But he is good enough to make an impact if he does get a chance, so letting him go on loan in the coming weeks would be a real gamble.

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