Samuel Chukwueze was at a time one of the first names on the starting line up for Spanish side Villarreal but all of that has changed in the last few days as the club continue the battle to remain in the Spanish top flight.
The fact that he has now been reduced to the role of a substitute at the club who are placed 19th on the 20 team LaLiga table has led to so many questions about what has happened to the recently turned 19 year old.
In the 0-0 draw against Real Valladolid over the weekend, Chukwueze was once again on the pitch for the final nine minutes of the game, about same game time he has played in their last three games.
Owngoalnigeria.com exclusively gathered that the decision to play the Nigerian as a substitute has a lot to do with their current battle to stay in the top flight with coach Javier Calleja insisting on experienced players to bail the team from the drop zone.
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Although his talent is not in doubt, Calleja feels more in terms of maturity is needed now base on their poor position on the league table with Chukwueze only required to come on when they are chasing a game and need fresh impetus in attack.