By; Oyedokun Ileri-Oluwa
In the past, many potential football legends from Nigeria failed to attain greatness, but being a country with enormous and hardworking talents, hope is the last thing ever lost. This year, 2020 is expected to be a year that many youngsters from Nigeria will be discovered and respected.
1. Samuel Chukwueze
The 20 year-old midfielder has netted three(3) times this season in 17 appearances for Villarreal. Chukwueze also has two(2) goals for the Nigeria National team in thirteen (13) appearances. He was part of the squad that won the U17 World Cup in 2015 and he was also part of the squad that came third in 2019 African Cups Of Nations.
There is a great assurance that Chukwueze who has been compared to Argen Robben would be flawless in 2020.
2. Emmanuel Bonaventure
He is a 22 year old Club Brugge forward who has the ability of playing both as a centre-forward and as a winger. He transferred to Club Brugge from Zorya in 2017 for a reported fee of £1.3M. He has registered five (5) goals and one(1) assist in eighteen (18) appearances this season. He has also shown his worth by starting more than half of Club Brugge’s games this season.
3. David Okereke
Just like Bonaventure, David Okereke (22) is a Nigeria born Club Brugge forward who plays either as a centre-forward or as a winger. In July, 2019, he became Club Brugge’s most expensive signing in eight (8) years after a successful transfer from Spezia Calcio for €8m. Okereke has started 62% of his club’s games this season, scoring nine (9) and assisting once in 18 games so far, this season. His 21% goal participation rate isn’t bad too.
4. Victor James Osimhen
It’s not surprising to see this Lagos-born goal machine on this list. Oshimhen (21) plays in Ligue 1, as a forward for Lille. The U17 World Cup Winner scored four (4) goals in seven (7) appearances in 2019 for the Super Eagles. He has scored ten(10) goals for Lille this season after his transfer from Charleroi for €12M. In October, 2019, he became the player of the month for Ligue 1.
Marca, a respected news hub recently reported that Real Madrid were keeping their eyes on this great Nigeria International.
5. Taiwo Awoniyi
Awoniyi (22) is currently on loan at Mainz from Liverpool. He is expected to rise beyond his limits before the year runs out. The Ilorin-born forward has been compared to a Nigeria football legend, Rashidi Yekini. He has about twenty five(25) career goals.
6. Moses Simon
Simon is a Nigerian who plays as an attacker for the Ligue 1 club, Nantes ( currently on loan from Levante). He participated in the 2019 African Cup Of Nations in Egypt. He has also played for Trencín and GENT. He has participated in the UEFA Europa League and the Champions League. He has a goal-scoring stat of (2) goals in seventeen (17) appearances this season.
7. Wilfred Ndidi
Ndidi is an “irreplaceable” Leicester City’s defensive midfielder. He was born in Lagos, Nigeria about twenty three (23) years ago. His impact is being felt since his injury during one of their training sessions recently. The foxes failed to win the last two games in his absence, drawing 1-1 against Aston Villa and suffering a 2-1 defeat to Southampton during the last weekend.
We hope they won’t let us down because we must first believe in them for them to succeed
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