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Ralph Hasenhuttl is delighted with the progress Armando Broja is making during his loan spell at Southampton, though insisted the current focus is purely on the youngster's development.

Broja is on loan for the season from Chelsea, and has scored seven goals in all competitions in 2021-22.

Asked if Southampton will aim to sign the 20-year-old permanently, Hasenhuttl said: "We will find the right, yeah, conversation with the player. The agent. The club. What they want, what Chelsea wants.

"I think we should let the young lad develop his game. This is the most important for him, to play games.

"He likes it here, he enjoys it here. We have a young team here. These are all reasons why he's developed his game and why he's getting better. In the end, we have to find the right decision for the boy.

"When it's a win-win for everybody, then we will find the right decision for the summer. As long as he's our player, we hopefully will have much fun with him and try to make him better."

Wolves have taken four points from their last two league games against Manchester United and Chelsea, and Bruno Lage's team sit eighth as it stands.

"The most important is we continue to play the way we're playing," Lage said.

"That's why we talked with the players, and that's the pressure for them, no excuse, we need to continue to play in this way. After, the good things will come.

"We play another game, against a strong opponent, Southampton are also in a good moment, they are a team that can play in different ways."

Wolves - Raul Jimenez

Raul Jimenez has been directly involved in five goals in his six Premier League appearances against Southampton (four goals, one assist) - against no side has the Mexican been involved in more in the competition.

Southampton - Armando Broja

Broja scored the winner against Brentford last time out, taking his tally of league goals for the season to five. Given Hasenhuttl's high praise, you would expect Broja to be firing an all cylinders in this game.

- Wolves have lost just one of their last 11 league games against Southampton (W6 D4) and have found the net in each of their last 10 against Saints.

- Southampton are winless in their last five away league games against Wolves (D3 L2), with their last such triumph being a 6-0 win in March 2007.

- Wolves are looking to complete their first top-flight double over Southampton since 1971-72, while they last won three in a row against Saints in the top tier in October 1970.

- Only Manchester City (13) have conceded fewer Premier League goals this season than Wolves (14). Excluding penalties, Wolves are the only side yet to concede a goal from a set-piece situation in the Premier League this term.

- None of Wolves' last eight Premier League games have seen more than one goal scored (three 1-0 wins, three 0-0 draws, three 1-0 defeats), with only Burnley having a longer such run in the competition (9 between April 2015 and August 2016).

Updated January 14, 2022

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