Stephen Odey was hired from KRC Genk by Randers on loan to score goals. The task of pinning down an automatic starting place in Gernot Rohr's Super Eagles first XI is daunting than becoming a Randers regular.
At Randers they know the difference between a new player who shrivels on their stage and one who responds as if born to thrive on pressure.
The striker has done well in the last two games for the Danish club netting four goals in the process.
Odey has been out of national team picture due to lack of game time at club level but he seems to have given himself the chance to be picked for the next window with some breathtaking shows in Denmark. For club and country he is an attacker who operates at the the centre, sometimes in the withdrawn striker's position.
The auditions along Super Eagles' centre have been endless and often disappointing sometimes with Victor Osimhen carrying the burden. Other players serving as back ups to Osimhen are Paul Onuachu, Terem Moffi and Kelechi Iheanacho. With his form for Randers, Odey can emerge from this fog not only to be Super Eagles' senior striker but a menace in other roles.
Temperament is a perennial issue in Nigeria's forward positions. Too many players have displayed timidity or lack the concentration to deliver a piercing final ball. Bursts of creative endeavour followed by long spells of inactivity have been conspicuous on the international stage. Odey, though, has the air of a hunter who finds ways to involve himself in forward play when others might settle for a spectating role.
His emergence as Nigeria map out plans to face Central African Republic at the World Cup Qualifiers brings another benefit. It
Rohr's eulogy for new faces is encouraging. He now talks like an international manager who has received an unexpected windfall.
In Odey he will take delivery of an adaptable forward who has landed in the big time and intends to stick around.
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