Southampton manager Mark Hughes has hailed the intelligence of Brighton and Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray.

The Saints boss spoke ahead of his side’s encounter with the Seagulls on Monday night and, as quoted by the Mirror, praised Murray for his influential role in Chris Hughton’s side.

As you get older you get a little bit wiser in terms of understanding your physical capabilities and it looks like Glenn Murray is one of the players who understands his game better now and how he can use his remaining physical attributes to the best of his ability and he’s very clever in what he does.

Murray has enjoyed a good start to the season for Brighton, finding the net on three occasions in only four starts.

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The experienced striker scored Brighton’s opening goal in their impressive 3-2 win against Manchester United and also scored a brace as the Seagulls clawed back from 2-0 down to draw with Fulham before the international break.

Murray is expected to lead the line for Brighton as they go in search of a rare away win in the Premier League at St Mary’s next week.

He’s one of the few types of his ilk. When I was playing there was a lot of strikers who used their bodies and their physical strengths with their back to goal and manipulate defenders to create space. He’s one of very few. They used to be ten a penny, but they don’t seem to be as prevalent as they used to be.

Southampton, however, will sense an opportunity to win their second consecutive top-flight fixture for the first time since April 2017 following their victory against Crystal Palace earlier this month.