Paul Onuachu, the Nigerian striker who had an impressive scoring record at Genk, has returned to training with Southampton ahead of the club’s pre-season games. However, there are speculations about Joe Aribo’s future at the club, with rumors suggesting that he may leave.
Both Onuachu and Aribo joined Southampton last season but struggled to make an impact. Aribo managed to score only two goals in 27 appearances across all competitions, while Onuachu failed to find the net in 11 appearances. It is worth noting that Onuachu joined the club in January.
Aribo’s poor form and lack of settling at the club have fueled rumors of his departure. Reports this week have linked him to a potential move to Turkish giants Besiktas. The 26-year-old midfielder has struggled to showcase his best form under three different managers last season.
Adding to the speculation, Aribo was absent from the club’s first training session after the holidays, further suggesting that he may be on his way out. On the other hand, Onuachu was present in training, indicating that he may be given another chance to prove himself at the club.
Onuachu was the top scorer for Genk in the Belgian League before joining Southampton on a three-and-a-half-year contract. However, he only managed to make 11 appearances in his first season in England, with the club fighting to avoid relegation.
It’s worth mentioning that Onuachu was not selected by coach Jose Peseiro for the squad that secured a place in the African Cup of Nations after defeating Sierra Leone. In contrast, Aribo played 70 minutes in the game.
As the new season approaches, Southampton fans will be hoping that both Onuachu and Aribo can find their form and contribute to the team’s success. Only time will tell if they can make a significant impact and justify their respective transfers.
Overall, the upcoming pre-season games will provide an opportunity for Onuachu and Aribo to showcase their abilities and potentially secure their positions at Southampton. Fans will be eagerly watching to see if these Nigerian internationals can turn their fortunes around and make a positive impact on the team.