Abuja, Nigeria – (African Boulevard News) – Southampton boss, Ruben Selles, has given reasons for omitting Paul Onuachu from his travelling squad to play against Newcastle United. Out of his nine games for Southampton, Onuachu has only started three, and fans were eager to see him in action against Newcastle United.
Selles gave his reasons during a post-match conference, stating that Onuachu had been nursing a minor injury and was still undergoing treatment. Selles also explained that he did not want to risk the 6ft 7in striker, adding that the team had enough firepower to secure a win without him.
“Paul is a great player and he has shown his quality in the few games he has played. However, he is currently undergoing treatment for a minor injury, and we did not want to risk aggravating it. We have other players who can step up and deliver for the team, so we did not feel the need to rush him back into the squad,” Selles said.
The decision to leave out Onuachu may have disappointed some fans, but it ultimately paid off for the team. Southampton secured a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United, with goals from Che Adams and James Ward-Prowse.
Selles’ decision to rest Onuachu highlights his commitment to player welfare and prioritizing the long-term success of the team. The 27-year-old Nigerian international has been in top form since joining Southampton from Genk in January, scoring seven goals in nine appearances.
Southampton is currently in the middle of a tough run of fixtures and will need all their players fit and ready to go if they are to secure a top-half finish in the Premier League. Selles will undoubtedly be hoping that Onuachu’s injury is not serious and that he will be able to return to action soon.
In conclusion, Selles’ decision to leave out Onuachu from the squad was a pragmatic one that paid off for the team. With Southampton facing several crucial fixtures in the coming weeks, Selles will need to continue to make tough decisions to ensure that his team is best placed to succeed.