Strikers and Substitutes
Nathan Redmond, Striker – 8
It would be hard to find a fan who was excited about Redmond over Adam Armstrong and Nathan Tella. Redmond took over set-piece duties, and was effective in the early-going. He wasn’t always confident in his first-half attacking opportunities, but was on the front-foot routinely and almost snuck a shot in the near post. Dropped in as a true #10 for most of the match and did pick out a good pass here and there. He never was shooting when he broke away for the Southampton goal, but thankfully his pass to Broja was good enough. Was in JWP territory late thanks to Elyounoussi, but smacked his attempt against the wall. Saints fans will continue to criticize, but they shouldn’t say a word today.
Armando Broja, Striker – 7
A surprising start following his boss questioning his stamina. Nearly flicked Redmond’s 1st and 2nd corners into the back post. Offered a different option to the attack with the defence able to play long. Hold up play was decent, not brilliant, spinning defenders on 1 memorable occasion. His goal was massive, and when he picked up the ball, he was unquestionably direct. Those qualities are needed in this Southampton side and unless injured, he should see himself even if not ahead of Che Adams.
Stuart Armstrong, Substitute Attacking-Midfielder – 7
First up as it was likely planned when Djenepo failed to impress. Having he and Elyounoussi in the lineup could really wear down an opponent. Showed his creative side with a bit of rust. Looks close to the starting lineup and that will be a huge difference maker.
Theo Walcott, Substitute Striker – N/A
Entered late for an injured Broja as the senior striker seeking to kill the game off.
Nathan Tella, Substitute Attacking-Midfielder – N/A
Cameo appearance from a man the fans want to see in a star role.