Stuart Armstrong is getting into his groove at Southampton just at the right moment for Scotland.

After some of his good form was disrupted with a positive Covid-19 case, the playmaker has turned on the style recently, scoring in a 2-0 Southampton win over Newcastle United.

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Armstrong has been brilliant. Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)

It was a lovely finish too, stealing the ball on the edge of the Toon box and rifling past Karl Darlow. Armstrong also created two clear chances in the match, Theo Walcott a touch away from converting the Scotsman’s pipoint pass in the second half.

In six games this term, Armstrong has averaged 35.8 passes a game, notched eight interceptions, scored one goal, assisted another and made 2.1 tackles per match.


For a number 10, his defensive stats have been good, on top of his usual brilliance in attacking midfield. One of the 13 tackles he has made this term came on Friday night and lead to a goal, Armstrong adding grit to his game.

More than fancy flicks. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)

This form arrives at a perfect moment for Scotland. Steve Clarke’s side take to Euro 2020 play-off final action against Serbia next week as they look to return to a major tournament for the first time since 1998.

With key attacker in Ryan Fraser ruled out, Armstrong will become vital in securing a historic moment. His Southampton form, especially after a positive Covid-19 test, is promising.

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