In Profile: Adam Armstrong

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Arriving from Blackburn Rovers, prolific striker Adam Armstrong provides a huge boost to Southampton's ranks ahead of the Premier League kicking off this weekend.

The Newcastle-born forward was integral to Blackburn’s attack in recent years, racking up 49 goals in 130 appearances for the Lancashire side.

Joining Newcastle United at just nine-years-old, Armstrong worked his way through the academy before making his professional debut as an 86th minute substitute for Luuk de Jong in Newcastle’s Premier League clash with Fulham in March 2014. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 15: Steve Sidwell of Fulham tackles Adam Armstrong of Newcastle United during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Newcastle United at Craven Cottage on March 15, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)
Adam Armstrong on his professional debut for Newcastle United (photo: Getty Images)

2015 saw the start of a series of loan spells for Armstrong, his first being an electric season at Coventry City. 

Scoring five goals in his first five games for the club, Armstrong was named in the PFA Team of the Year for League One, totalling 20 goals in 40 matches for the Midlands outfit.

The 24-year-old enjoyed a few more loan spells, before finding a more permanent role at Blackburn Rovers in 2018.

Armstrong played a pivotal role in Blackburn’s development, helping them secure promotion to the EFL Championship at the first time of asking.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Adam Armstrong of Blackburn Rovers celebrates after he scores their second goal of the game during the Sky Bet Championship match between Coventry City and Blackburn Rovers at St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium on October 24, 2020 in Birmingham, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
Armstrong was named the Championship's 2020/21 PFA Player of the Year (photo: Getty Images) 

Scoring 29 goals in 43 appearances last season alone, Armstrong was named the Championship’s PFA Player of the Year.

With opening day at Goodison Park fast approaching, Ralph Hasenhüttl will be looking to Saints' latest arrival to make an instant impact in red and white.

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