sIn a comeback against Leeds United, Aribo scores his first Premier League goal for Southampton.
To help the Saints rally from a two-goal deficit and gain a point, the Super Eagles star entered the game from the bench.
As Southampton rallied from a two-goal deficit to force a 2-2 draw with Leeds United at St. Mary’s Stadium on Saturday, Nigerian midfielder Joe Aribo scored his first Premier League goal off the bench.
After a scoreless first half, Leeds attacker Rodrigo took his team the lead shortly after the restart, and 14 minutes later, he added his second goal, leaving the Saints behind.
Southampton head coach
As a result, Southampton head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl was obliged to make three substitutes after 61 minutes. Also, Scottish midfielder Stuart Armstrong came in for Aribo, defender Jan Bednarek replaced French attacker Sekou Mara, and Mohamed Elyounoussi was replaced by Adam Armstrong.
Aribo, Mara, and Adam Armstrong provided a triple danger to the Leeds defense as Hasenhuttl then switched from a 5-3-2 to a 4-3-3 shape.
A minute later, when Aribo forced Leeds goalkeeper Illan Meslier into a superb save, the substitutions almost paid off. When a cross came in, the former Rangers player rose to meet it and glanced a hopeful header from close range, but the goalkeeper made a terrific save to keep it out.
Ten minutes later
Ten minutes later, the Super Eagles midfielder showed tremendous control to restore parity for the Saints in the 72nd minute. He was not to be denied, though.
Due to Adam Armstrong’s quickness down the left side. The midfielder had the opportunity to cross and find Aribo. The latter displayed outstanding poise as he maneuvered around Meslier and scored his first Premier League goal.
Kyle Walker-Peters achieved an unexpected comeback as a result of Southampton’s persistence and unwavering effort. Walker-Peters was inside the box when Mara’s through pass found him. The full-back rifled his shot through Meslier to earn the Saints their first point of the year.
Aribo, who cost Southampton £10 million
Aribo, who cost Southampton £10 million in the summer transfer from Rangers. He finish the game with two shots on goal, one of which resulted in a goal, and 19 touches with a pass completion rate of 70%.
The Nigerian player began Southampton’s first game against Tottenham Hotspur. Also, the whole 90 minutes as they lost 4-1 last Saturday, but he was benched for Leeds’ visit.
Mohammed Salisu, a defender for Ghana, significantly improved on his performance from last week as he began the Saints’ second consecutive game at the center of their defense.
Salisu, who scored an own goal the previous week, made four clearances. Furthermore, made a same number of tackles, and triumphed in seven of his fourteen ground battles and two aerial ones. However, he mishandled the ball 24 times and was given a yellow card for his four fouls.