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Soccer News of Thursday, 11 August 2022


Ex-Super Eagles stars back PL new boys to excel

Former Super Eagles trio of Emmanuel Amuneke, Ifeanyi Udeze, and Ike Shorunmu have thrown their weight behind Nigeria's duo of Taiwo Awoniyi and Joe Aribo to excel in the English Premier League.

The two Super Eagles stars had a disappointing start to their Premier League campaign with their respective clubs.

Joe Aribo failed to inspire his Southampton side to glory as they suffered a humiliating 4-1 defeat away to Antonio Conte's Tottenham hotspurs.

Elsewhere, Taiwo Awoniyi's Nottingham Forest succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Newcastle United at Saint James' Park on Saturday, August 6.

The ex-Liverpool man failed to make an impact coming on as a second-half sub.

Despite their poor start to life in the Premiership, the ex-internationals have backed the duo to shine in the world's most prestigious league.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with the PUNCH Sports Extra, winner of the 1996 Olympics and 1996 African Footballer of the Year, Emmanuel Amuneke believes the duo will need time to adjust to the Premier League style of play.

“Awoniyi and Aribo are great talents,” Amuneke said as per The PUNCH Sports Extra.

“It is obvious to see, when you see Aribo on the ball, his decision making and forward runs with the ball, show his quality. I think they just need time to settle in well in their teams. The intensity of the Premier League cannot be compared with other European leagues, so, I feel they are adapting.

“Aribo did his best in his role.

“I trained Awoniyi as a young player, he is a very good player technically, but of course, there are other aspects that must be improved.”

Ex-Super Eagles goalkeeper, Ike Shorunmu also believes Taiwo Awoniyi will justify his big-money move by banging in the goals for the Saints.

Strikers are being judged by the number of goals they score and I am confident that Taiwo will justify his move to the Premier League.

”It was a difficult start to the EPL for them, but their efforts for their teams was good. If Awoniyi puts in more effort, he will score goals and that applies to Aribo too.”

Ifeanyi Udeze added that the duo will need time to adapt and motivation from their managers.

“They (Aribo and Awoniyi) need time and lots of confidence from their coaches and team to shine for their clubs. The Premier League is tough and we all know that. It is just the first game, they will be better with time.”