Sheffield Utd's Nigerian defender watches on from the bench as Newcastle make PL history

Published: September 24, 2023
Sheffield Utd's Nigerian defender watches on from the bench as Newcastle make PL history

Nigerian defender Femi Seriki received his fifth career call-up for a Premier League game but was a non-playing substitute as Newcastle United registered an emphatic 8-0 win over Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Sunday evening.


Seriki made his Premier League debut in Sheffield United's last away game of the 2020-2021 season, and the opponent was Newcastle United. 


Today's victory was Newcastle United's biggest away victory and their largest overall league victory since their 8-0 defeat of Sheffield Wednesday in September 1999. 


The Blades were 3-0 down at halftime, with Sean Longstaff, Dan Burn and Sven Botman finding the net for the visitors.


The Magpies upped the ante in the second half, leading to goals from Callum Wilson, Anthony Gordon, Miguel Almiron, Bruno Guimarães, Alexander Isak, and became the first team in Premier League history to have eight different scorers in a single game. 


Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom decided it was best not to bring on his young defender Seriki despite still having one substitution left. 


The 21-year-old was given minutes as Sheffield United were beaten on penalties by Lincoln City in the second round of the League Cup on August 30.


Seriki was snapped up by Sheffield United in 2019 after a spell with the youth team of Bury. 







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