The regular break in football reserved for international football are all around the corner, and with most players having departed their club side, to link up with their respective national team.
Mostly, world cup qualifiers would be played during this international break, as fans and players jeer up, for another edition of the FIFA world cup, the first that would be played in a Gulf state, and not at the usually time of world cup, with next year campaign kicking off in Qatar.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria has started on a good note, winning two out of two in group that contains Cape Verde, Liberia and Central African Republic. The Super Eagles of Nigeria would hope to win both double headed clash against CAR, with would put them as major favourite to qualify from the group.
However, two of Nigeria's most reliable players won't be available for the games, both Wilfred Ndidi, and Etebo would be absent, due to injuries, Ndidi facing as high as four to six weeks out.
Now with that in mind, what formation does Gernot Rohr hope to put out, and which of the the invited players would be replacing Ndidi place in the starting lineup.
Only five midfielders were invited, out of which three play in advance roles, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, and Joseph Aribo, leaving the team with just Frank Onyeka, and new man Innocent Bonke, who plays his football for Malmo FF, in Sweden. Nigeria would have to dominate high up in the midfield, which will be dependent on how well, the defensive midfielder operates.
A (4-3-3) or (3-5-2) formation would have been perfect, with a (3-5-2) formation, both Ola Aina , and Jamilu Colin would be deployed in the wingback position, ensuring that a midfield combination of Aribo, Frank Onyeka, and Alex iwobi can be in good position to provide, hold up play for a strike partnership of Victor Osimhen, and Paul Onuachu.
However, if such formation is used, the attacking threat possessed by Moses Simon, Samuel Kalu, and Captain Ahmed Musa wouldn't be able to eefficiently press high up in the opponent half. If Ndidi, or Etebo were available, this would have been a perfect formation, but due to their absence, compromise have to be made.
A (4-2-3-1) would be adequate, a defensive midfield pairing of a central midfielder in Aribo, with a more disciplined defensive midfielder in Frank Onyeka, his game play at Brentford shows he shouldn't have any problems with this role.
Above that two man pair, Iheanacho should be deployed just behind the lone striker, which of course would be Victor Osimhen, allowing space for both Simon, and Kalu down the wings.
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