Watch: Josh Sargent's magnificent first English Premier League goal (and his second)

The 21-year-old American Josh Sargent  scored his first two English Premier League goals in a 3-0 win over Watford that moved Norwich out of the relegation zone. Sargent, who had gone his first 18 EPL games without scoring since joining Norwich from Werder Bremen last summer, brilliantly finished a low Teemu Pukki cross that at first seemed impossible to connect with. Sargent scored his second to make it 2-0 with a header 23 minutes later.

Sargent's second goal.

Norwich's third came on a stoppage-time own goal by Juraj Kucka.

7 comments about "Watch: Josh Sargent's magnificent first English Premier League goal (and his second)".
  1. Bob Ashpole, January 22, 2022 at 4:07 a.m.

    Not exactly quality service. On the second goal if the defender hadn't been asleep, it would have been a hospital ball. 

  2. frank schoon, January 22, 2022 at 12:23 p.m.

    Magnificent??? I've seen magnificent goals but this one isn't by a long shot. It was a fluke! and it certainly wasn't the type of goal one could even practice. The second goal was much better to enjoy but like Bob stated that defender was asleep. Later in the game the announcer finally stated that both goals were poor...

    Sargent has not scored in the first 19games and finally scores 2 in the 20th game. I wasn't impressed with the goals speaking as an attacker but regardless I hope it will raise Sargent's much needed confidence . I would like to see him given another chance as a striker for the USMNT for I'm not all a fan or impressed with Pepi, he bores me....

    The problem with Sargent is that he's playing in England under a German( good grief) and his next coach is your typical English coach(holy moly),  has elected to play 4-4-2, kick and run ,no brains and placed Sargent as right half....That position DOES NOT FIT Sargent!!! I watched the whole game until Watford was a man down... Poor Sargent in the first half rarely crossed midfield line and played mostly as defender. Sargent does not have the qualities of good 1v1 skills ,run like a deer up and down the flanks, THAT IS CERTAINLY NOT WHERE HE'S MOST FUNCTIONAL.... 

    As a right halfback he would receive the ball about 10 meters before the midline and is forced to pass it down the flank for he can't outrun anyone and he has no connection to a good central midfielder who can handle the ball, therefore forcing Sargent to pass down the flank to the striker who makes his run towards the sideline. 

    As a result there is no attack from the right flank, for three reasons. One, the striker has his back facing to the center therefore making it easy to defend against. Two ,this leaves us with one striker  in the middle and Three, Sargent is not overlapping due to if he did he's too slow by the time he has tries to make a run, ball loss would have been occurred for his team is not good in possession ball. That forces Sargent to stay in his postion otherwise there would be huge gap between him and the right back for the opponents to take advantage of......

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  3. frank schoon, January 22, 2022 at 12:34 p.m.

    The other problem I see is that by playing the 4-4-2, you leave the opponent with 2 wide open flanks making it easy to begin a build up from the back, forcing Sargent having to run back all the way to the his own sixteen. As a result it makes Sargent having to run a lot  spend his energy.

    The way I see it is that Sargent is good as a second striker not a first. He is much better coming forwards with his facing facing the opponents goal not being positioned already up front with his back facing the goal for he is much too slow in the turns and movement....If you watch his two goals ,they were both as a result of him coming from behind .I think as the first striker where he moves back towards midfield to pass the ball around in the build up is a complete waste of him as a player. He needs to be closer to the goal and able to make a secondary attacking run for that is his strength. And therefore he can roam but not towards flanks where he's wasted... He should make his attacking run when the ball is in front of him allowing him more space....

    Sargent needs to change teams get traded and stay away from German and English coaches ,as I think all American players should.

  4. Santiago 1314 replied, January 22, 2022 at 9:51 p.m.

    Hard to argue with any of that Frank; 
    Do you think he should be on The USA team for this Window.???

  5. frank schoon replied, January 22, 2022 at 9:55 p.m.

    Yes....we don't have  a good pool of strikers . The weakest line or line is our attack, especially in the middle, the spearhead

  6. Philip Carragher, January 24, 2022 at 1:36 p.m.

    I do remember an instance or two when Sargent was playing for the MNT, received the ball with his back to the goal and did something that appeared dangerous or at least intriguing. It was so long ago. I think there is something there, inside Sargent, that the MNT should try to work with but my observations of him are so limited that I don't have much to work with. I do know that I was shocked he wasn't picked up for more MNT action and think he'd be helpful offensively if on the field. His goal was fun to watch. To me, he did what really good strikers do, he found a way to score.

  7. frank schoon replied, January 24, 2022 at 2:58 p.m.

    Philip, your'e a nutshell is to find a way to score

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