Southampton defender Mohammed Salisu has earned praise from former Arsenal and West Ham striker Ian Wright for how he handled the threat of Michail Antonio at St Mary’s.
The Jamaican international came into the game on the south coast as the Premier League’s top goalscorer after four goals in three games so far this season, earning him the player of the month award for August.
But he barely had a chance against Saints and was sent off in injury time after being frustrated as Salisu and his central defensive partner Jack Stephens put in superb displays to keep West Ham at bay.
Salisu earned the plaudits from his manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, who described why he wanted to play the
Ghanaian against Antonio, highlighting the 22-year-old’s ability in individual duels.
“On a man, [Mohammed] Salisu is very strong,” Hasenhuttl said. “In the duels, he is very nasty because he is on them, that is his game.
“This is why I wanted him to play against Antonio, his physicality. He has these qualities. Today we had the first game where we could stop him and this was good to see.”