Maybe stability is just an overrated factor for a player to fulfil his potentials, and playin...
Maybe stability is just an overrated factor for a player to fulfil his potentials, and playing for his 7th club in a senior career spanning 9 years makes the Lagos-born striker’s form an even more impressive feat.
Starting out at Prime FC and then the now defunct Julius Berger FC, he truly personifies “Starting from humble beginnings”, but it’s that never say die attitude that has gotten him to where he is today.
His recent upturn in form is made all the more impressive when you consider his record in all his other clubs. Before his move to Watford in January, the 6ft 2 in forward was perceived more as a skilful, hardworking target man, who excelled at being a key cog in attacking moves, and skilfully holding up play for un-rushing midfielders to benefit.
Indeed, prior to his move to Vicarage road, he had only mustered one truly prolific season, and even that, came in the 2009/2010 season with then Spanish 3rd tier side, Granada. 17 goals in 24 games propelled El Graná to the Segunda division.
He has successfully redefined his game and now averages less key passes per game [1.2] and draws less fouls [2 per game], but he attempts a mammoth 3.2 shots per game. Mammoth when compared to his Granada numbers.
Of course, he was off to Cesena the very next season on yet another loan spell. Such has been the level of instability in his career so far. He has only spent more than a season at a club once since leaving Lyn Oslo, and even that was a bizarre 4 year loan spell at Granada, his 2nd stint at the Spanish side.
He has recently signed a permanent deal with Watford and I guess it is no surprise that he’s now experiencing a sudden rise in scoring form, dispelling earlier perceptions of him. He has now netted 7 times in 11 appearances this season, a record only bettered by Jamie Vardy, but he doesn't seem ready to rest on his laurels.
His current form for the hornets could see them comfortably avoid relegation, and who knows, maybe even get into the European places. What with Chelsea failing to say get their acts together so far, what’s to say that there couldn’t be a possible opening for the likes of Watford and West Ham to sneak a European place come May.
His form could also attract the attention of the big boys and maybe get a hen asked of his aspirations as a footballer earlier in the season, he said
I’m working every day to get better and I want to continue and build up from what I got last season, it is not going to be easy and with God’s Grace everything is achievable. I want to play the UEFA and other European tournaments.
If he continues on his current form, it’s not that hard to imagine him playing in the European tournaments soon. I mean, he is still only 26. He could also prove useful for the Super Eagles who have failed to find an adequate replacement for National legend, Rashidi Yekini.
Sure, the likes of Obafemi Martins, Emmanuel Emenike and the likes have provided the goods, but only in flashes. None has been able to churn out good performances on a consistent basis. If he can repeatedly reproduce his club form for the National team, that could solve a seemingly ageless problem at the heart of the Nigerian attack.
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