If you are Super Eagles fans and a true follower of Nigeria’s football, you will agree with me the present team is one that has the required potential to become world beaters.
The emergence of Nigeria-eligible youngsters across the world continues to increase steadily while the already capped players are doing everything possible to remain in Gernot Rohr’s side even if it means changing their club side.
In this report, Perfectlife’s football analyst Ibukun Italoye takes a look at five players who changed their respective clubs this summer and how it could influence their international career.
1. Olanrewaju Kayode From Shakhtar Donetsk To Sivasspor (Loan)
The Super Eagles outcast Olanrewaju Kayode joined Turkish side Sivasspor as he hopes to gatecrash Rohr’s list in the nearest future.
Despite scoring 10 goals in 27 league matches during the previous campaign, he wasn’t recalled to the team which speaks volumes about how he is being rated by the national team handlers.
Will this switch bring the former Manchester City star back to reckoning? Time will tell.
However, judging by the number of impressive wingers available for selection, Kayode will have to do extremely well to be considered for Eagles’ duties.
2. Tyrone Ebuehi From Benfica To FC Twente
Tyrone Ebuehi, who is reportedly set to return to the team for next month’s friendlies, dumped portuguese Benfica for FC Twente, albeit on a short-term basis, as part of his desire to be among the very young and promising Super Eagles setup.
Considering his previous performances in the green-and-white jersey, it won’t be out of place to suggest that the 24-year-old versatile wing-back would have been one of the untouchables in Gernot Rohr’s team by now if not for his injury woes.
The same injury issues prevented him from featuring for Benfica throughout last season prior to his loan switch to the Eredivisie side.
It’s no doubt that this summer move to FC Twente will put him in a perfect position to earn a recall to the West African side as long as he is in great form.
At this point, as passionate fan of the pacy star, I wish him an injury-free 2020-2021 campaign.
3. Shehu Abdullahi Free Agent To Omonia Nikosia
Shehu Abdullahi who had to put an end to his ‘club-less’ status by heading back to Cyprus to link up with Omonia Nikosia ahead of the new season.
The former Kano Pillars star has been without a club since the start of the year after being released by Buraspor.
His importance to the Super Eagles has equally suffered a huge setback as he is no longer in Rohr’s starting lineup.
Though it remains unknown if his latest move will earn him a spot in the country’s subsequent squad list as it appears Rohr doesn’t fancy some Leagues.
Kingsley Ehizibue’s switch to the team and Ebuehi’s return to full fitness also means he has a very slim chances of getting game time in the team.
4. Chidoziem Awaziem From Porto To Boavista
Many teenage football followers might even ask “which one be Boavista again?” (pardon my pidgin English here)
That’s to tell you that the club isn’t really known to many young football fans, no thanks to the fact that Portuguese League isn’t one of the most followed or highly-rated leagues in the world.
Awaziem, who wasn’t a regular starter for the three-time African Champions while at Leganes, might likely find it hard to be included in Rohr’s future list.
5. Leon Balogun From Brighton To Rangers
The laudable and impressive transfer involving Super Eagles players was the deal which Leon Balogun dumped Brighton for Scottish side Rangers.
It’s obvious the centre-back would be on the move following his inability to break into Brighton’s list of regular starters but no one would have thought Steven Gerrard’s men would show interest.
Luckily, the deal has been sealed already, and he seamlessly won a spot in Rangers starting lineup prior to the injury which kept him out of action for a while.
Will this move influence his International career? Obviously yes. He is highly rated by Rohr and we expect him to remain one of the gaffer’s unstoppables as long as he is fit and active with Rangers.