Former Southampton striker and Premier League legend Alan Shearer has sent Adam Armstrong message after the 24-year-old’s move to St Mary’s was confirmed on Tuesday.
Shearer took to Twitter to wish the former Newcastle and Blackburn man luck after his £15m transfer was announced and also praised Saints as a “brilliant football club”.
Interestingly, Adam Armstrong will have now played at the all the clubs Shearer played for in his career when he makes his first appearance for Saints, although he has actually reversed the order.
Shearer and Armstrong have another connection given that they both grew up in the North East and support Newcastle.
Southampton hope their new man transfers his goals to the Premier League
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The real test for Adam Armstrong now is to be able to take the top-flight by storm after proving a massive hit in the Football League.
He has earned his chance to move up a level but is clearly thankful to the other clubs that have helped him along the way – his message to Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday confirmed this and retained the respect of Rovers fans.
Having followed in the footsteps of Alan Shearer in his career so far, becoming the next goalscoring hero on the South Coast will see another comparison.
Shearer broke through with Saints after moving away from the North East and went on to score 43 goals in 158 games (via saintsplayers.co.uk). His impressive form at the Dell saw him then move onto big spending Blackburn where he won the league title in 1994/95.
It was at Newcastle though where he fully cemented himself into English football folklore. He remains the record goalscorer in the Premier League after netting a total of 260 goals in all.
On the pitch, Shearer and Armstrong may be completely different players but they could both go down as two of the best strikers that Saints have had should the latter hit the ground running.