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Southampton struck gold with Joe Aribo deal

Southampton clearly had a specific type of player scouted out for the most recent summer window, as they brought in nine permanent transfers to revitalise the squad.

The common theme amongst them all was that not a single one of them was over 25 (at the time of signing), suggesting that Ralph Hasenhuttl is planning not only for their current success but their future glory if these players develop as expected.

One of their more senior and well-established purchases was from Rangers, where they managed to snatch Joe Aribo for an initial £6m fee.

The Nigeria international came with great experience in the Scottish Premiership and was fresh off the back of a starring role in his side’s unlikely run to the Europa League final.

It marked an incredible coup for the Saints, as the 26-year-old joined with the ability to play both off the shoulder of a striker but also slightly deeper from midfield.

He had scored eight times during their league campaign, whilst also recording six assists. He was also the scorer of their opening goal in that European final.

It is a surprise that they managed to get him for so cheap, especially considering how his value has risen so quickly since the move. Indeed, CIES Football Observatory now rates the midfielder at €15m (£13.4m), outlining his incredible upward trajectory within the game.

He was dubbed a “special talent” by Jordan Campbell of The Athletic, who went on to label him “combative and wiry with unique engineering.”

His skill set is certainly unique, but there is no doubting that he has all the physical and technical attributes to continue his successes in the Premier League.

In fact, he has already translated it into one goal for his new club; a well-taken finish bundled in against Leeds United.

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He possesses a keen eye for goal, whilst also having the work rate and relentlessness to continue finding himself in the right position for these chances, all attributes that suggest the Saints struck gold when bringing him to St Mary’s.

Aribo headlines what was a fine summer window for Southampton, who will be patiently waiting for these shrewd transfers to bear fruit as they would inevitably fly up the table.

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