Southampton midfielder Stuart Armstrong has continued to express his excitement at the prospect of regular Premier League football.

The midfielder joined the Saints for a fee believed to be worth £7 million in the summer transfer window but has since made only one start in the Premier League under Mark Hughes.

Armstrong enjoyed a strong pre-season with his new side but was forced off against Burnley on the opening day of the season with a minor injury.

Since then, the Scotland international has fallen out of favour, with Hughes now utilising Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Mario Lemina as his two preferred central midfielders.

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Nevertheless, Armstrong has been speaking about his start to life at Saints with the Evening Times and was full of optimism for the future.

It’s different. It’s always challenging when you go to a new team, a new environment. It has taken a bit of time to get used to the different styles. But it’s a fresh challenge and I’m excited about that.

The fixture list excites me, going to these new places, new stadiums that you have watched on the TV and been to as a young boy. That’s exciting.

The versatile midfielder is currently away with the Scottish national team on international duty but will be desperate to play more regularly when he returns to St Mary’s ahead of a busy month for Southampton.