Southampton manager Russell Martin has outlined his plans for striker Ross Stewart after the forward made his long-awaited debut for the club against West Bromwich Albion last weekend.
Stewart, who joined Southampton from Sunderland on deadline day, came off the bench to replace Adam Armstrong for the final seven minutes of the Saints’ 2-1 victory. It was Stewart’s first senior appearance since January 28, having missed the majority of the season with an Achilles tendon injury.
Martin revealed that Stewart will continue to build his match fitness during the international break with a practice match planned. He also praised the forward’s contribution in his brief cameo against West Brom, highlighting his energy and aerial threat.
Stewart’s first minutes since his injury came for Southampton’s Under-21 side in their 2-1 defeat against Sunderland, scoring a goal before being withdrawn at half-time. Martin admitted that Stewart played in a wider position than usual due to the need for additional defensive cover at set pieces.
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Martin insisted that he is open to playing Stewart alongside fellow striker Che Adams, and that he will continue to work on finding ways to utilize both players effectively.
Stewart could make his first Saints start when they travel to Huddersfield Town after the international break on Saturday, November 25.