The Super Eagles of Nigeria was having a very good time on and off the pitch before international football was brought to a halt by the Coronavirus Pandemic.
The West African team are yet to lose a single game since their AFCON Bronze medal in Egypt earlier this year.
Gernot Rohr’s men has featured in four matches post AFCON and they have managed to two from of the encounters including a 4-2 victory over Lesotho six months ago.
The good times weren’t only on the field of play, but also away from the pitch.
The country’s football governing body(NFF) were able to strike a new deal with the former Bordeaux manager thereby putting an end to the uncertain surrounding the team’s coaching job.
However, the one that impressed us was the Dessers’ debut invitation to the team prior to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Dessers, who recently signed a four-year deal with Belgian side Genk, was one of the best players in Eredivisie this season as he was involved in 24 goals (including assists) in all competitions.
His goalscoring feat also won him the League’s golden boot after emerging the top scorer with 15 goals before the season was brought to an abrupt end.
His invitation to the Eagles camp was was celebrated by many soccer loving Nigerians who believed his presence in the team will add more qualities to the attacking setup.
In this vein, Perfectlife’s football analyst Ibukun Italoye predicts the three things Dessers would bring to the table when international football returns.
1. High Goalscoring Prowess
Since Odion Ighalo’s retirement from international football, Victor Osimhen has been doing impressively having netted four goals in the last four starts.
It is safe to say that the Napoli-linked striker deserves to be the country’s leading striker.
However, the introduction of Dessers will surely improve the team’s quality in the final half of the pitch.
His pace, shooting accuracy, eye for goals, and desire to play for the Super Eagles will surely add more to the team’s overall rating.
Gernot Rohr will surely have a very strong attack when the world returns to normal.
2. Intense Competition
His introduction to the three-time African Champions will equally intensify the competition for the centre-forward position.
Osimhen currently leads the race as his performances for club and country before the pandemic were to good to be ignored.
Considering Kelechi Iheanacho’s resurgent form; Ighalo’s proposed return to the team and Dessers’ presence in the team, Osimhen will have to maintain his form at all times to remain the undisputed centre-forward.
3. More Assists and great Link-up
Ighalo was known for his great link-up play but the Manchester United man is no longer available to carry out such tactical assignments.
With Osimhen, we’ve seen little of such attribute. The Lille forward isn’t known for his ability to perform outside the opponent’s box.
Luckily, Cyriel Dessers possesses such attributes aplenty and that will further add to the team’s goalscoring potentials.
Having provided six assists throughout last season, the Super Eagles faithfuls can be rest assured to see the Belgium-born forward provide many assists.