After a successful medical proceeding at Barcelona former Enyimba forward, Ezekiel Bassey showed his worth as he trains with Barca team B on his first day at Nou Camp.
The quick winger, who was initially asked to return back home after three days to sort out his resident permit but his performance on the first day at the club raised eyebrows as the club officials billed the player to stay for another three weeks to help him settle down while his legal documentations are sorted out.
Ezekiel Bassey joined Barca from NPFL side Enyimba on a season end loan on January transfer deadline with an option of a 2-year extension.
Bassey was spotted by Barcelona’s official during a tour with the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) All-Star team last August after analysing videos of his previous games provided by former Nigeria international Haruna Babangida, who had six-year stint with the Catalan giants
Ezekiel Bassey’s arrival at Nou Camp will be the 2nd signing of Barcelona following Uruguayan defender Santiago Bueno in at Camp Nou and both will form part of the promoting side to secure a place with the Barca Team B.
Many Nigerians will be glad that finally, a player from the local league will rub shoulders with the Catalans “Big Guns”, although Ezekiel was signed to play for Barca Team B in the Segunda Lig, but if the player is able to impress he might one day get a chance to trained with the senior team.
However, Ezekiel future at Nou Camp is much under consideration of how lots of Barcelona young talents, the likes of C.Tello, Bojan Krkic, Issac Cuenca, Adama Toure, and Gerard Deulofeu have all squandered away to have a regular playing time at lower clubs.
But should Ezekiel impress and finds his way into the senior team, the release clause on his contract will surely get doubled than what the graduates from La Masia received on a professional contract.
The player becomes the 4th Nigerian to play for Barcelona, following footsteps of erstwhile Nigerian internationals Haruna Babangida, Gbenga Okunowo and Emmanuel Amunike who have graced the club.
Meanwhile, another Nigerian Solomon-Otabor has completed a loan move to League One team Bolton Wanderers.
Bolton Wanderers officially announced the signing The Dream Team VI trainee before the close of the transfer window yesterday, and there is no going back on the deal as he passed his medical examination on Wednesday.
The 21-year-old has made 30 first-team appearances for the first team of the Blues, scoring just a goal in 704 minutes.