In preparation for the African Cup of Nations and FIFA World Cup next year, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is already making plans to add some recruits to the current squad to bolster the team ahead of these important tournaments. The likes of Taiwo Awoniyi were the latest addition to the squad after Moffi sustained an injury while playing for his club side.
Recently, NFF President Amaju Pinnick revealed on his Instagram handle that on-loan Leicester City striker Ademola Lookman is on the verge of switching allegiance to Nigeria as the paperwork has begun for the 24-year-old. He is currently on the same team as Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho. " Ademola Lookman is excited about fighting for a shirt in the Super Eagles. He loves Nigeria. By His Grace We shall conclude the switch very soon", he posted.
Since some sections of Nigeria supporters are excited about the news considering his raw talent and experience in the English league, however, I think it won't be a good deal for the Super Eagles at this time for some reasons which shall be discussed later in this article. Lookman is no doubt an exceptional player but these reasons will be for the interest of the other players and the nation at large.
1. Exceptional Attackers In The Team
The Super Eagles have many talented attackers in the team such as Kelechi Iheanacho, Paul Onuachu, Samuel Kalu, Victor Osimhen, and of course the recent addition of Taiwo Awoniyi, etc. Bringing in Ademola Lookman would certainly lead to dropping any one of these players which would be very wrong judging by their sacrifices for the country in Lookman's absence. So, I believe Gernot Rohr should stick with his attackers who have been with the country through thick and thin.
2. Lack of Playing Time
Since Ademola joined Leicester City on the deadline day of the summer transfer window, he had featured seven times for the Foxes with four Premier League appearances. The highest number of minutes allowed in those games was against Crystal Palace, which he played for 80 minutes. Other matches have seen him play less than 30 minutes with Vardy and Iheanacho the most preferred choice for Brendan Rodgers. Joining the Super Eagles will only turn out to be a numerical addition which isn't what the team needs at the moment.
3. Nigeria Should Never Come as The Last Resort
Most players of Nigerian ancestry usually consider playing for the super eagles after the countries they had in mind must have disappointed them which is unacceptable for a country recognized as an African Giant. Recall that he has played for the England U-20 in the World Cup in 2017 and was hoping he'd get a call up to the senior team but it didn't materialize and so, many thoughts came to mind in the process.
It was also reported that Nigeria was beckoning on him to come and play for the Super Eagles since his parents are from the nation but he gave deaf ears to their pleading. However, when he finally realizes that playing for England is impossible and with the World Cup fast approaching, he finally decided to jump into the train and declare total desire to play for the Super Eagles of Nigeria in a bid to revive his career and not for the love of the white and green jersey of the country.
PHOTO CREDITS: Google Images, Getty Images, Sky Sports.
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