, Opinion: Southampton need to agree new deal with 2018 signing, contract up this summer

Opinion: Southampton need to agree new deal with 2018 signing, contract up this summer

Southampton midfielder Stuart Armstrong is out of contract at the end of this season and they risk losing him for nothing.

Southampton could see the Scotland international head out the exit door as a free agent in late June.

Armstrong, 31, is yet to put pen-to-paper on a new deal with the Championship promotion hopefuls.

The Saints need to address his situation as soon as possible and keep hold of him for longer, regardless of what league they find themselves in.

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, Opinion: Southampton need to agree new deal with 2018 signing, contract up this summer

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Armstrong is a key player for Southampton and injects quality into their ranks.

He still has plenty of time on his side and his experience is useful to have in their squad, especially with their abundance of young players.

The Saints snapped him up in 2018 and he has been a great servant to the club. He has made 39 appearances in all competitions in this campaign and has chipped in with five goals and six assists.

Prior to his move to Hampshire, the ex-Dundee United man spent four years at Celtic and won the Scottish Premiership in every campaign.

, Opinion: Southampton need to agree new deal with 2018 signing, contract up this summer
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Armstrong is a reliable player for Russell Martin to have at his disposal and letting him go this summer, potentially to a league rival, would be a bad move.

The Inverness-born man’s current focus will be on helping the Saints gain an immediate return to the Premier League following their relegation last year. He has stuck by them this season but if they fail to go up, his future will be up in the air.

Martin’s men are back in action on Good Friday at home to Middlesbrough as they look to close the gap on Leeds United, Leicester City and Ipswich Town above them. They then lock horns with the latter away on Easter Monday at Portman Road.

In the meantime, the international break gives them a chance to rest and recover. It also provides the opportunity to start addressing contract situation, with Armstrong entering his final months along with goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and striker Che Adams.

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