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Special reasons why Nigeria-eligible forward deserve a Super Eagles Call-up


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Nigeria would be naming the squad for AFCON qualifiers against Guinea-Bissau soonest with soccer-loving Nigerians anticipating to know those would be invited.

And it wouldn’t be out of place for the fans to expect a fresh call-up, especially with Nigeria producing a new breed of talent like we’ve seen in recent times in Europe.

With anticipation brewing ahead of the squad announcements players like Eberechi Eze (Crystal Palace), Chuba Akpom (Middlesbrough) and Noni Madueke (Chelsea) would interest the Nigerian public.

While they hope to see Victor Osimhen and Kelechi Iheanacho alongside Ademola Lookman and Samuel Chukwueze back in the mix.

But as Chuba Akpom has been impressive for his English side, we take a look at why he deserves a first Super Eagles call-up.

He is fine form

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The Middlesbrough striker is in fine form at the moment to merit a call-up as we’ve seen from his display week in and week out for Michael Carrick’s Middlesbrough side.

He scored twice in his side’s 4-0 win at the weekend. While he’s the one that has been handed the Penalty responsibility at his club.

And he’s the major inspiration behind Boro’s push for promotion to the Premier League next season.

He Is Passionate

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Most foreign-born talent seems to want to be begged to play for Nigeria’s Super Eagles as the case may be.

Though Akpom had rejected the initial chance to play for Nigeria when he was younger (then at Arsenal).

However, he’s turned a new life as he’s banging in goals for his club really hoping to play alongside Victor Osimhen (SSC Napoli), Alex Iwobi (Everton) and Samuel Chukwueze in the Super Eagles attack.

He’s a versatile player

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The Middlesbrough man is a player that can offer more than goals to the Super Eagles team. The attacking department of Nigeria is really brimming with talent.

Even players like Terem Moffi, Umar Sadiq (amid his injury) and Cyriel Dessers are yet to find their feet in the Super Eagles set-up, despite their various individual talents.

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Likewise, Henry Onyekuru and Paul Onuachu need a further chance to stake a claim to the team’s attack

But Chuba’s versatility can endear him with a place in Jose Peseiro’s Super Eagles side. Just as he’s got the ability to play from both wings.

And as well he can serve as the target man (centre-forward) in the box in case the need arises if possibly Osimhen and co are unavailable for selection.

This article was updated 3 months ago

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