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Aribo keen to prove worth in Premier League with Southampton

Aribo keen to prove worth in Premier League with Southampton

Southampton midfielder Joe Aribo is determined to showcase his scoring abilities in the upcoming Premier League season after facing challenges in his debut campaign in the topflight two years ago.

Aribo joined the Saints from Glasgow Rangers in 2022 but struggled to settle in at the club, scoring twice as Southampton were relegated from the Premier League.

However, Aribo played a pivotal role in helping Southampton secure promotion from the Championship under manager Russell Martin.

And with renewed confidence, the 27-year-old remains confident in his abilities and is eager to make his mark in English topflight division having bagged four goals and an assist in the Championship last season.

Speaking to the Daily Echo, the Nigeria international said, “Of course, it was difficult for me last season.

“I always want to score goals every game I play in. Next season, hopefully, I can score more goals than I did these last two seasons. It’s all about growing and maturing in your position.

“It’s also about listening to what the manager is saying, taking pointers on and understanding the role that he wants from us.”

Aribo played every minute of the 1-0 win over Leeds United at Wembley, securing passage back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

It was the Charlton academy graduate’s second success at Wembley, having helped fire the Addicks to League One play-off final win in 2019.

He said, “It’s my second time up there. Two for two at Wembley now, so very happy, very happy.

“Honestly, no words can actually describe it. It’s what we’ve wanted to do all season. It’s been our aim and it’s honestly just amazing.

“It’s amazing to say that we’ve got the job done. And to go up on the balcony at Wembley as well and just celebrate with 36,000 fans, what a moment.”

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