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Aribo Missing As Newcastle Pip Southampton In Carabao Cup Semi Final First Leg

Aribo Missing As Newcastle Pip Southampton In Carabao Cup Semi Final First Leg

Super Eagles midfielder, Joe Aribo was conspicuously missing as Newcastle United defeated Southampton 1-0 in the first leg of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

The Nigerian international has made two appearance in the competition and yet to score a goal.

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Newcastle’s Joelinton was a central figure, seeing a first-half goal contentiously ruled out for handball then blazing over an open goal when it seemed easier to score, before hitting the target to make Eddie Howe’s side firm favourites to reach Wembley

Newcastle will now be favourites to reach their first major Wembley final since the FA Cup in 1999 as they attempt to end a trophy drought stretching back to the 1969 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup win.

Southampton, who had what they thought was an equaliser from Adam Armstrong disallowed for handball by VAR, saw their night of frustration complete when defender Duje Caleta-Car was sent off in the closing minutes for a second yellow card.

The two sides meet at St James’ Park in the second leg on Tuesday, 31 January

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  • Glory 1 week ago

    Wrong club for such talent. Tactics forcing Aribo to be used in different positions right from rangers to now Southampton seriously strangling the talent of this fela. Aribo very much similar to Olise back in the days at Charlton, always very useful, productive n dangerous when played on the right hand side of the midfield.

    • Dr. Drey 1 week ago

      As a player, once they start referring to you as a versatile or an utility player, just go and sign up for funeral insurance for your career.

      There is nothing like picking a position and sticking to it for the rest of your career, even if you need to hand in a transfer request when your wishes are not being respected. If at all you’ld switch, it should be to more than one other position after your natural position.

      Even during open trials, when you asked what wing you play and you say you can play any wing, the coaches will most times first ask you to stand aside. When they are done picking players who have defined expertise, then they fit you in whatever space that is left.

      That is the summary of Aribo’s story nowadays. And that’s why he plays like a confused kid these days even when he eventually gets his chance to play.

      • Dr. Drey 1 week ago

        * it shouldnt be to more than one *

      • Chidi 1 week ago

        Coming from a moron that has never kicked a ball in his life.

        • Dr. Drey 1 week ago

          Hahahaha…signs of frustration……LMAOOoo.

          Why not try going for an open trial with hundreds of other trialist and make the mistake of telling the selectors you can play anywhere first…..LMAOoo….and see how they will treat your case.


      • Glory 1 week ago

        “As a player, once they start referring to you as a versatile or an utility player, just go and sign up for funeral insurance for your career”….. Lolzzzz. This opening statement cracks me open brodaman Dr Drey. I think there is a talent yet untapped in you. Ooooboyy…
        Anyway I feel sorry for Aribo but strongly believe he is gonna come back far better player soon. But like you said he must stick to position that brings out his best and from what I know about him, he is a beast playing from the right hand side of the midfield just like Michael Olise. They are both very very similar and I will prefer Aribo because he is stronger, reason I have hardly clamoured for Olise’s invitation.

      • Tristan 1 week ago

        You’re right about that. Aribo has always been an enigma to me. One day he’s an attacking midfielder competing with Iwobi, another day he is a supporting striker competing with Iheanacho, yet still another day he is a center-midfielder, and then again he is a defensive midfielder.

        As a midfielder, he has shown no ability to progress the ball with clever passes nor has he shown much acumen in carrying the ball through dribbles into the opposition third, and as for the last skill required of a midfielder, ball-winning, and tackles, he is no onfield tough man like Bonke or Ndidi. The one skill he has is the ability to hold onto the ball.

        I looked forward to finding out more about him when he moved to Southampton as the hype about him previously was from Scotland. A league on the same level as the Danish league.
        To be honest, so far I have seen nothing. I hate to criticize him, as a player who answered the call to play for Nigeria, but his lack of specialization has hurt him as a footballer.

  • Ololo 1 week ago

    I feel very sad for Aribo, a player that was always starting games for rangers last season and played the most in all games..

    In few months he has lost form and relevance, his decline started with the super eagles, when we needed him to up his game he was always underperforming.. he is one of the reasons we failed to qualify for the world cup as he was played ahead of iheancho..

    He needs to go out on loan maybe to la Liga or Belgium league to regain his form as the epl might be very difficult for him at the moment

    • Ignatius Abo 1 week ago

      Thumbs up Brotherman. I n I will always support fans who speak the truth, not evil fans with evil intensions. Lolzzzz. You are right to say Aribo was poor against Ghana. Man dem suppose to always say the truth. Like @Drey said, Aribo needs to sit up otherwise.

  • JimmyBall 1 week ago

    I like Aribo but truth be told… European soccer is soft. Most of these boys can’t cope playing Africa’s dynamo-charged games… I wish him well, but at Rangers he was big fish in small pond.

    Now the level is upped a bit and man has gone ghostmode… In football you better come ready or else, bullies will seize your milkshake.

    He has technique, quick-feet and intuition but for what could be next level for him… he lacked grit like Iwobi for most part of his Career until recently.

    Let him go work his body and build stamina and muscles in the gym. He looks too much like soft Fulani in today’s game.