The one area where Nigeria are properly stocked is in the midfield department where coach Gernot Rohr has many options to choose from due to the talents at his disposal.
Rohr has however kept his faith in some players, particularly those who have been working with the team since he became coach a little over two years ago.
His preference for some players means some exciting talents have been kept out of the team despite their performance at club level. Owngoalnigeria.com takes a look at five things we have noticed about the midfield of the Super Eagles.
Agu Is Rohr’s Man – Mikel Agu divides opinion among Nigerians and rightly so due to his inconsistent showings but he is a trusted soldier of Rohr. He proved right the decision of the coach to keep his faith in him with a man of the match display against Uganda in the 0-0 friendly draw. The pressure is now on him to maintain or surpass his performance against the Cranes in subsequent games.
Semi Ajayi Should Be Deputy To Ndidi – Although Rotherham defender Semi Ajayi has earned praises for his display in central defence for the Super Eagles but he looks more like the man to fill in for Wilfred Ndidi in midfield whenever he is unavailable. Like Ndidi he is very good in the air and he boast of a better passing range across long distance than the Leicester City man.
Zubairu Could Provide The X-Factor – Rated as one of the most technically gifted Nigerian player in Europe, his performance hasn’t gone unnoticed by the technical crew of the Super Eagles. As reported by Owngoalnigeria.com he is set to be a part of the team for the AFCON preparations. He could be what the Super Eagles need in terms of creating from deep as he is a midfielder in a different class from the ones in the team now.
The GBS Academy graduate is not just exciting, he also works very hard to give his team balance with his box to box style of play his strongest point, something that the Super Eagles lack at the moment.
QPR Ebere Eze Should Get A Look In – He is about the most talked about creative midfielder in the English Championship, sadly Nigeria didn’t follow up his training with the Eagles few months ago with a call up for competitive games. Creativity is one area Rohr said his team need more options and if Eze decides to shun England for Nigeria, he should be welcomed with open arms.
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Ogu Is Criminally Underrated – Strong in the air and also solid in tackles. John Ogu has however fail to nail a permanent spot in the midfield for the Super Eagles. A very committed player who also boast of an impressive range of pass completion, he hasn’t fail to disappoint whenever he is needed but on the strength of his performance in the last two games he should at least push Oghenekaro Etebo out of the starting line up.