Adam Armstrong was always going to be on the move going into the new season.
The only question was which Premier League club would be their next destination.
Adam Armstrong having scored goals for fun in both League One and Championship (28 in 40 games for Blackburn last season), earning his chance to come back to the forefront after having 1 PL start and 14 under-appearances in the day as a teenager at Newcastle United.
On Tuesday afternoon, it was officially confirmed that Adam Armstrong is now a Premier League player.
An official statement (see below) from Southampton revealing the deal.
No transfer fees have been made public but numerous reports have put the price Southampton has agreed to pay between £ 15m and £ 17m with Newcastle United set for a £ 6m cash bonus + due to a 40% sell clause that was included when he went to Ewood
Adam Armstrong improved quickly and after 16 goals in 40 league starts in 2019/20 for Blackburn, he rose to 28 goals in 40 league starts in 2020/21.
Adam Armstrong signed for the season with a hat-trick as Blackburn hammered Birmingham 5-2. The previous game he scored against Rotherham and the one before, another hat trick, the one against Huddersfield in another 5-2 win. Not a bad way to showcase yourself with seven goals in your last three league games of the season… or even your career, potentially.
An incredible 28 league goals and five assists, meaning the Geordie forward had been directly involved in more than half of Blackburn’s 65 league goals this season.
Adam Armstrong particularly impressive last season as Blackburn finished the season 15th, in fact closer to relegation than play-offs.
Good luck to Geordie striker and lifelong Newcastle United fan.
Adam Armstrong is now set to face Newcastle in just 18 days when Southampton travel to St James Park on Saturday 28 August for a 3pm kick-off.
Southampton official announcement:
Southampton Football Club are delighted to announce that they have finalized the signing of striker Adam Armstrong from Blackburn Rovers.
A prolific scorer with the championship, Armstrong moved to St Mary’s on a four-year contract, becoming the second striker to be added to Ralph Hasenhüttl’s squad today, following the arrival of Armando Broja on loan from Chelsea.
Armstrong joins the Saints after scoring 29 times for the Rovers last season, finishing second in the league standings, while also having the best goals-to-minutes ratio in the division.
The 24-year-old started his career with his hometown club Newcastle, then developed further during loan spells with Coventry, Barnsley and Bolton as a youngster, before joining Blackburn in 2018, where he made 139 appearances and scored 54 goals.
He has been selected five times at the England Under-21 level, as part of the Under-20 team that won the 2017 World Cup, making four appearances in the tournament, having also previously made part of the Young Lions squad that won the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.
Ralph Hasenhüttl said: “Adam was a big target for us this summer, so we are very happy to have added him to the squad, especially since there was also a lot of interest in him from other clubs.
“He’s at a good stage in his career for him to come here. He is a dynamic young player who has developed well so far and already has good experience, as well as an impressive goalscoring record, and I think we can now help him realize his potential even more. .
“He will bring a lot of qualities to our team, and he gives us another good option in attack, which will be important for us.”
Adam Armstrong said: “It’s amazing to be here – such a massive club with a great fan base and it’s just something I’m really looking forward to.
“I thought it was perfect for my next stop. I wanted to come back to the Premier League from what I did for Blackburn so I’m in heaven.