Why Red-hot Winger Could Choose Nigeria Over England

Arsenal’s young prodigy Bukayo Saka is no stranger to everyone who has been a premier league follower since the start of the season.

The youngster has been a very consistent performer in Mikel Arteta’s team since the commencement of the 2019-20 season.

The England U19 international is definitely one of the best players in the English Premier League and indeed in the world following his awesome and consistent display for the North London club.

He is fast becoming the Gunners’ assist king having provided 10 assists from 37 matches in all competition for the first-team squad.

That’s not all about the youngster’s potentials, his versatility, speed, confidence and strength are some of the reasons he is set to spark a tug of war between Nigeria and England over his international future.

Three three-time African champions are reportedly keeping close tabs on the highly-rated youngster as Gernot Rohr is really interested in adding the hale end academy products in his team.

Just like Rohr, Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate is very keen on handing a debut invitation to Saka before the end of the year but that might be postponed as result of the pandemic crisis.

The question is who will the youngster choose between the two football-loving countries? Only time will tell.

While we all wait for time to decide, PerfectlifeNG’s football analyst Ibukun Italoye predicts three reasons why the Arsenal star could choose Nigeria over England.
1. The Super Eagles might offer him more regular football

Judging by Leon Balogun, Alex Iwobi, Troost Ekong and Ola Aina successes with the Super Eagles, it won’t be out of place to say that foreign-born players have better chances of being an integral part of Rohr’s team compared to their Nigeria-born stars.

Saka will definitely love to have a very long international career, he might choose the three-time African champions if he is to consider the stats above.

2. Better chance to win title

Without taking anything away from the European giants, Saka has a better chance of winning international trophies with Nigeria than England.

The super eagles came third in the last AFCON tournament in Egypt which further buttressed the fact that the West African side is a favorite to win the next tournament in 2022.

Playing for England doesn’t mean Saka won’t win a laurel, but that might be more difficult because the Three Lions will have to negotiate their way past tougher opponents like Belgium, Netherlands and Germany.

3. He loves his Father’s country

Saka doesn’t hide his love for the West African country and he is fond of his father’s country. As much as the youngster hasn’t made any decision over his future, his love for the country might just play a role in convincing him to choose Nigeria.

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