Murray threat has Hughes on alert

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Southampton have been warned by Mark Hughes to keep a close eye on wily veteran Glenn Murray when they face Brighton on Monday.

Southampton have been warned by Mark Hughes to keep a close eye on wily veteran Glenn Murray when they face Brighton on Monday.

The 34-year-old striker has hit the ground running for the Seagulls, finding the back of the net three times in the first four games of the new Premier League campaign.

Southampton will hope he doesn’t continue his fine run of form when he makes the short trip along the south coast to St Mary’s next week, Hughes admitting his physical presence could be an issue.

The Welshman believes Murray is now a rare bread of striker, one his defenders don’t encounter all that often and says they’ll have their hands full.

“The older you get the better the understanding of the game you get,’ Hughes told the Daily Echo. ‘The only thing that diminishes is your physical capacity.

“I’m a lot better player now than I ever was. I just can’t run.

“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.

“He’s one of the few type 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.”

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