On Wednesday night, former Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom had one of the most eventful substitute appearances you’re likely to see.
After a difficult first year following his signing for Middlesbrough, Arsenal academy graduate Chuba Akpom is back out on loan with his former club PAOK Salonika in Greece.
PAOK played the second-leg of their last-16 cup tie against AE Larisa on Wednesday, and Akpom began the match on the bench.
With 13 minutes left and the scores at 1-1 (2-2 on aggregate), the striker entered the action.
It didn’t take long for Akpom to have an impact. Within five minutes, he scored a diving header to give his team the lead.
A few minutes after that, Akpom had a yellow card for a foul. Then as the game reached injury time, he scored a fantastic second goal from outside the box.
The ex-Arsenal man perhaps got a bit carried away, and took off his shirt in celebration, receiving a second yellow card.
In 14 minutes, he received two yellows and scored two goals, leaving the pitch having won his side the tie.
You can watch the highlights of the match here, the Chuba Akpom show starts from 6:30.
Akpom now has eight goals and two assists this season, from 1,136 minutes on the pitch. That’s a goal contribution every 113.6 minutes, certainly not a bad return.
The former England u21 international has been on a particularly good run lately, with half of those goal contributions coming in his last three starts.
That should earn the 26-year-old a spot in the PAOK lineup on a more regular basis, though the winter break and his red-card suspension will put a pause on things!