Attacking threat pleases Hasenhüttl

By SFC Media time Thu 21 Oct Saints vs Burnley
Photo by Chris Moorhouse

Having found Premier League goals a little hard to come by in recent weeks, Ralph Hasenhüttl was especially pleased with his attacking quartet against Leeds United last time out, with Armando Broja stealing the show on his maiden Southampton start.

The young forward scored the only goal of the game to secure a first league win of the season, with Nathan Redmond also playing a vital part in the goal - prompting the manager to praise Saints' improvement in the attacking third.

This weekend, as St Mary's welcomes Burnley, Hasenhüttl hinted that he'd be tempted to select the same forward players that proved "dangerous" the week prior, but also warned that this fixture poses a different kind of challenge, with alternative options Chè Adams and Adam Armstrong waiting in the wings.

"Everyone who goes on the pitch knows that there is a lot to win and also a little bit to lose," he explained. "When you don't play a good game, they criticise you. This is normal in this business. There's a lot of pressure, it's not so easy. We have a very young team here.

"Yes, the last game showed that the attack was definitely a little bit more dangerous for the opponent. Reddie was one part of the attacking stuff, but also the other guys were doing a very good job. This is always a good argument for getting another chance to play together.

"For us, it was important to get the first win. We spoke about the important weeks coming up. There are fixtures where you have to take points. Winning in the Premier League gets more challenging every year. It's very interesting, I can say that always the preparing for the game, there's always something new. This is good.

"Armando [Broja] had a slow start here, but showed very quick that he has some weapons we can use. I think he grabbed his chance [against Leeds] with both hands."

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16: Armando Broja of Southampton and Ralph Hasenhuttl Southampton manger during the Premier League match between Southampton and Leeds United at St Mary's Stadium on October 16, 2021 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Hasenhüttl embraces Broja after the final whistle against Leeds United

On Armstrong, he added: "100 per cent convinced about the player. We know that starting out in the Premier League is always a tough one.

"I'm sure that he will make a lot of games. We have to be careful because we have a lot of options up front and we have to get the right decisions in the right moment. But he can score goals, he shows me in every session."

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