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Southampton: Samuel Edozie ‘pushing for a start against Brighton’

Southampton: Samuel Edozie 'pushing for a start against Brighton' - Premier League News

Southampton winger Samuel Edozie has been hailed by journalist Robert Warlow for the ‘big impact’ he made against Lincoln City in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

The Lowdown: Saints go through

Nathan Jones secured his first win as Southampton manager courtesy of a 2-1 scoreline, but it was not the greatest of displays, with his side having to come from behind to avoid a shock defeat against League One opposition.

The visitors opened the scoring in just the second minute when Gavin Bazunu was unable to deal with an Ainsley Maitland-Niles clearance, but a brace from Che Adams was enough to see the Saints progress to the quarter-finals.

Speaking after the game, Jones told BBC Radio Solent:

“We needed to be more clinical and show more quality in certain moments and if we’d done that we would have won the game a lot sooner.

“I’ll take the win because that is the important thing. It is something to build on. There were a lot of learning curves for me.”

The Latest: Edozie breaking through

Taking to Twitter during the game, Saints Live reporter Warlow hailed Edozie for the effect he had on proceedings and tipped him to push for a spot against Brighton next week:

“Samuel Edozie making a big impact off the bench here for Saints. Surely pushing for a start against Brighton.”

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The Verdict: Positive signs…

Despite only having a limited amount of time on the pitch, the 19-year-old exhibited some very positive signs, making the joint-highest amount of tackles of any Southampton player, registering two, while four ground duel successes was a figure second only to Che Adams.

The youngster, dubbed ‘incredible‘ for his display by writer and Saints fan Sam Tighe, also displayed his talent on the front foot by completing two of the three dribbles that he attempted, and making one key pass.

While the Englishman’s overall match rating has been impacted by him missing two big chances, it is still promising to see him getting into positions where he could score, and on another day he would be more clinical, which was the only element missing from his performance.

The Saints take on the Seagulls at St Mary’s on Boxing Day, and Edozie has proven to Jones that he is worthy of making his first Premier League start.

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