Southampton team news: 'Nice run of fixtures' for surprise St. Mary's star

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl offering encouragement

Journalist Tom Barclay feels striker Armando Broja has a chance to continue impressing manager Ralph Hasenhuttl due to Southampton's kind run of fixtures over the next few weeks.

Broja is on a season-long loan from Chelsea, and has really started to make his mark at St Mary's in the last couple of matches.

How has Broja fared at Southampton so far?

The 6 foot 3 forward demonstrated what he could do on his Southampton debut when he bagged a brace in the Carabao Cup during an 8-0 win over Newport County.

However, he had to wait patiently for his first league start, as his opening four top-flight appearances came from the bench.

With Adam Armstrong and Che Adams unable to produce the goods in front of goal, though, Broja was drafted into the starting XI for Southampton's home match with Leeds earlier this month.

He seized his opportunity by scoring the winning goal, and he then followed that up last weekend when he found the net against Burnley, although this time Southampton had to settle for a 2-2 draw.

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What has Barclay said about Broja?

With two goals in as many games, Broja is beginning to build momentum on the South Coast. Barclay believes he is capable of continuing his goalscoring form thanks to the opposition that Southampton will be facing in the coming weeks.

Referring to the 20-year-old attacker, Barclay told GIVEMESPORT: “He played really well in that game [against Leeds], and took his chance very well. And then, he obviously built on it in the last game as well. He’s got a nice run of fixtures.

"With the game they've got at the weekend, he should be targeting a third goal in three games."

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Who are Southampton set to play?

Barclay is right; Southampton's next three matches do look inviting for a centre-forward.

This weekend, they will be taking on Watford, before they come up against Aston Villa and Norwich City either side of the international break.

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Those three teams currently have poor defensive records and are sat comfortably inside the bottom half, suggesting that Broja will get chances to add to his account for the season when he plays them.

The challenge for Hasenhuttl's men promises to get harder after that run of games, as they will face Liverpool and Leicester City in their next two matches.

Still, if Broja can get on the scoresheet before then, he should enter those daunting clashes full of confidence, and could help Southampton pull off a surprise or two against their highly-rated opponents. 

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