SAINTS goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu insists he believes red-hot Adam Armstrong is a “risk” if he is given a second chance in the Premier League.
Armstrong, 26, scored 12 goals and provided four assists in 19 league appearances for Saints on his return to the Championship.
It follows that in his final season with Blackburn Rovers, the striker scored 28 goals in 40 games, before scoring just four goals in 53 top-flight appearances.
Armstrong, who cost £15m in 2021, has failed to keep Saints in the Premier League long-term but has reaffirmed his hopes of remaining at the club despite relegation earlier this summer.
Bazunu, who kept two clean sheets himself after wins over Bristol City and Cardiff City last week, is banking on his new captain to play next time out.
“Armstrong has been excellent all season and I have no doubt he will do even better as the season goes on,” he told the Daily Echo.
“If you look at the opportunities he’s had this season and the way he’s taken them, I have no doubt he can take them in the Premier League.”
Armstrong’s form kept his teammate and best friend Che Adams out of the Saints squad, although the Scotland international was much more prominent before relegation.
Following injuries to Kamaldeen Suleman and Ross Stewart, Adams is expected to get more chances during the festive schedule, starting with Cardiff.
Bazunu emphasized: “Che is a great player. He has so many good qualities. “I have no doubt that he will score goals and perform at his best if he gets more playing time.”
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“He gives us a different perspective because of his physical size. With us he can handle the ball very well.”
“He can run back and his movement in the box is brilliant. I have no doubt that he will score more goals for us this season.”
It is a disappointing setback for Stewart, a two-time Scotland international who has not played football since January this year.
Stewart suffered a separate muscle injury after a ten-month recovery from Achilles tendon surgery following two brief substitute appearances.
Bazunu added: “We all know how hard he worked to come back. It’s disappointing, but I have no doubt he will work hard during his rehab and come back a special player.”
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Source: Daily Echo