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Where can Chuba Akpom feature in the Super Eagles attack?


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The in-form Middlesbrough striker Chuba Akpom has continued from where he left off at the weekend with another goal to his name.

His Boro side drew 1-1 with Stoke City at the Riverside Stadium and defeated Preston North End 4-0 at home with Akpom scoring a goal and getting an assist in the game.

And such performance has prompted more questions as regards his absence from the Super Eagles team.

However, Akpom’s goal-scoring ability cannot be overlooked especially with interest coming from Premier League sides like Leeds United. His recent form has seen him knocking on the door of National team football.

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And with Akpom decided to play for Nigeria as against his initial wish to play for England. One would wonder, where he could really feature in Jose Peseiro’s interesting attack.

The forward lines of Nigeria’s Super Eagles boast of the arguably finest talent. And it is noteworthy to see how Akpom gets into the Super Eagles team.

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With the likes of Victor Osimhen, Kelechi Iheanacho, Ademola Lookman and other upcoming talent available.

It’s going to be a tough headache for Nigeria’s manager in terms of selection and player suitability in the final third.

The first thing Akpom would hope for is a call-up, first thing first, then he would begin to define himself in front of Nigeria manager Jose Peseiro who may have his own football philosophy.

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But Following the player’s pattern of play he’s shown he has an element of versatility in his game as a forward.

He can be likened in the form of Thierry Henry and Kylian Mbappe via his speed and ability to get past players.

And while Nigeria already has numbers in the centre-forward position. So is the same on the wings. But Osimhen lead’s the pecking order as the leading Nigeria’s number 9.

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However, Peseiro is likely going to use a 4-4-2 formation where two strikers can complement each other. We could see Osimhen- Akpom pairing in the Eagle’s attack.

And this could be delightful to Nigerians as per the quality and speed they could provide behind the opposition’s defence.

While Akpom can also play on the left wings since he’s got the knack to get past players with his flair and dribbling ability.

This article was updated 3 months ago

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