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Could ‘Ebere Eze’ Be Super Eagles Long Awaited Replacement For Okocha?



Queen Parks Ranger Combatant midfielder Ebere Eze may very well be the long-awaited answer to a pestering problem obvious in Super Eagles midfield since the exit of Austin Okocha. While the Super Eagles have at various occasions looked for the answer in the likes of Kalu Uche, Sunday Mba, Mikel Obi and lately Alex Iwobi, none has really performed to expectations.

The former Bolton Wanderers midfielder left behind boots any midfielder would see as too enormous to lace. A midfield maestro of unfading magic, 1 out 10 midfield maestro in Africa. He could make you fall in the love with the beautiful game with his wonderful skills and frills and his magical passes.

While it might be close to difficult to replace such awesome midfielder, it is imperative that the Super Eagles number 10 shirt should only be worn by footballers of extraordinaire talents. Ebere Eze could perfectly fill the vacant role.

Iwobi unquestionably can possibly develop more with regular playing time, it is anyway not beneficial for Nigeria so blessed with natural talents to hold on to just the Everton star for that midfield job. Furthermore, at whatever point Alex Iwobi has one of his off days playing like a kid dancing to Carlos Santa’s strings, it is generally a disaster seeing the Super Eagles Coach looking vulnerable without a perfect midfielder on the bench, terrified of substituting tired midfielders with a player whose midfield role are not attacking minded.

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Ebere Eze can be the remedy to that crippling issue. His range of abilities can see him play anyplace over the front three attacking positions, which could see him additionally help Iwobi as opposed to replacing him.

Eze has developed from youngster to a star at Loftus Road, operating from a free midfield role that permits him the freedom of dropping his skills and abilities. That unshackled rein has scored six goals in 12 games in the Championship so far this campaign, contributing from wide attacking role on both the right and left flank of the pitch.

There is an obstacle, however.

Eze was one of a number of British-born players, alongside Ola Aina, who were invited to scrimmage with the Nigeria training camp a year ago but wasn’t fortunate to play, hence leaving him unbound to Nigeria. The desires were that these players would continuously be integrated into the Super Eagles set up.

However, the Greenwich-born youngster has just played for the England national under-20, having made his debut in a 2–1 win against Italy. Not surprisingly tho, since England head coach Gareth Southgate is leaving no stone unturned in regards to scooping talents such as the recent debuts of Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham.

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On October 21, Eze helped secure a 3-2 away win over Hull City, as his brace sent Mark Warburton‘s side back to London with three points.

Eze is among the most exciting players in the Championship right now, and he is without a doubt bound to play Premier League football soon with Premier League big guns such as Tottenham Hotspur vying for his signature. For quite a while, the 21-year-old has proven to be one of QPR’s most integral midfield assets and has turned in lots of awesome performance for his side.

Eze’s midfield displays were especially attractive. His method, abilities, skills, passing, and movement drew a good comparison with Super Eagles legend Austin Okocha, and NFF sources reveal that Rohr had penciled Eze down as a potential replacement for John Obi Mikel.

If the Nigeria Football Federation are genuinely serious to fill the vacant role left by Jay Jay, I think now is the time to show real interest and genuineness of purpose towards Ebere Eze, and he will surely commit his future Nigeria.






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Muyiwa is an ardent follower of everything football. Fascinated by the beauty of the game, he takes pleasure in penning down his opinion about a sport that has more lovers than haters. PS: He loves Barcelona for making football look easier than it actually is.



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