Southampton manager Mark Hughes has spoken of his admiration for Brighton striker Glenn Murray, ahead of Monday’s clash between the Saints and the Seagulls. Murray has been in fine form so far this season, netting three times during Brighton’s four Premier League fixtures, including two goals in their recent 2-2 draw with Fulham.
There are few Premier League players that can be described as a ‘traditional centre-forward’, but Brighton’s Glenn Murray is certainly one of them. Despite his advancing age, Murray appears to be as sharp as ever this season, giving Brighton fans a renewed faith that their club can avoid the drop come May, and sending a clear message to opposition managers that he is not to be underestimated.
Southampton were held to two 1-1 draws when they faced the Seagulls last season, with Murray finding the back of the net in each fixture. Ahead of Monday’s match between the two clubs, Saints boss Mark Hughes has shared his thoughts on Murray, admitting that his defenders could have their work cut out for them.
“They’ve got a lot of guys that have grasped the opportunity to play in the Premier League and are now enjoying the day-in, day-out challenge that playing in the league brings,” said Hughes.
“Along with that they’ve still got a guy up top who’s a little bit older than some of them and still has an impact for them. You have to be respectful of the talent they have.”
Over the last few weeks, both Man United manager Jose Mourinho and Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic have been forced to learn the hard way that underestimating Glenn Murray can prove costly; however, Mark Hughes is unlikely to make the same mistake.
As a professional footballer, Hughes played well into his late 30s, and the Welshman knows better than most that when it comes to finding the back of the net, age is merely a number.
“The older you get, you get a better understanding of the game. The only thing that diminishes is your physical capability. I’m a lot better player now than I ever was, I just can’t run.” he added.
“You get a little bit wiser in terms of understanding your physical capabilities. It certainly looks like Glenn Murray is one of those players that understands the game better now, and how he can use his remaining physical attributes to the best of his ability.
“He’s very clever in what he does. He’s actually one of the few types of his ilk, when I was playing there were a lot of strikers that were using their body and physical strength with their back to goal.
“He’s one of very few, there used to be ten a penny but they don’t seem as prevalent as they used to be.”