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The 19-Year-Old EPL Midfielder Who Scored Against Leicester Should Be Convinced To Play For Nigeria

In recent years, the Nigerian National team has been in search of midfielders like Jay-Jay Okocha, Kanu, and John Mikel Obi, who are capable of scoring goals and creating chances.

Therefore, this article will be focusing on Michael Olise, who was impressive against Leicester City. This article also takes a look at why the young midfielder should be convinced to play for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

Who Is Michael Olise?

Michael Olise was born in London. He has a Nigerian father, while his mother is a France-Algerian. For this reason, the young midfielder is eligible to play for England, Nigeria, Algeria, and France. Note that even though he featured for France at the youth level, he could still represent another country.

Photo: Michael Olise with France youth team || Twitter

What Does His Club Career Look Like?

Photo: Michael Olise at Reading || BBC

The youngster had a short spell at Chelsea and Manchester City before moving to Reading FC in 2019. Note that Olise spent only two years at Reading before joining Crystal Palace in 2021. Because of his injuries, he has featured in only three games this season. However, he had a satisfying performance against Brendan Rodgers after scoring a goal as a substitute.

Why Olise Should Be Convinced To Play For The Super Eagles Of Nigeria.

Photo: Michael Olise at Crystal Palace || Twitter

Firstly, it was reported by Oluwashina Okeleji that Olise turned down the opportunity of playing for Nigeria, and he's hoping to play for either play for Algeria or France. However, when you look at what the youngster could add to the Super Eagles team, then the Nigerian Football Federation should make efforts to convince the young midfielder.

Photo: Michael Olise at Crystal Palace || Twitter

What Are His Attributes That Will Be Useful With The Super Eagles?

Despite being a midfielder, Michael Olise is very good in the One VS One situation. The Super Eagles currently lack a midfielder that can dribble opposition players.

Secondly, the left-footed player is also dangerous with set pieces. At Leeds, he was in charge of taking set-pieces. Also, in the few minutes he played against Leicester City, he took many set pieces.

Furthermore, Michael Olise is good with transitions from Defense to attack. Because of his pace and flair, Olise finds it easy to turn defense to attack when required.

Lastly, the young midfielder can bring a lot of creativity to the Nigerian team. Note that Oliseh is also good at locating his teammates with sublime passes.

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