Likened as the direct replacement for Super Eagles’ captain, John Mikel Obi, twenty-four-year-old Mikel Ndubisi Agu is one man who has shown millions of Nigeria’s and indeed Coach Gernot Rohr that he is the right man to control the team’s middle of the park in future.
The on-loan Porto star, who grew through the ranks at the Portuguese side, came under criticism for an unimpressive display when he came on as a first-half substitute for Ogenyi Onazi against Cameroon in Yaoundé.
However, AOIFootball.com’s findings, however, showed Agu has now shrugged of those early struggles and has now established himself as arguably one of the most important players in his club so far.
The stats show how Agu has been impressive, not just defensively, but also when going forward for Bursaspor this season.
Agu has scored twice this season and is the club’s 5th best player with an average rating of 7.6 per game.
Defensively, Agu ranks first in tackles per game with 3.6 per match; he also ranks 1st for interceptions with 2.3, winning 7.4 duels per game which also places him top for the club, while also ranking 2nd in terms of area grounds covered per match.
More impressively is Agu’s attacking exploits which has seen him complete an average of 84% pass accuracy per match, creating an average of two clear-cut chances per game.
The midfielder’s impressive show was clearly missed when he was injured as Bursaspor lost three of their four matches.
With the NFF keen on a swift transition from one generation to another, Mikel Agu is no doubt the perfect replacement for the ageing John Obi Mikel.
No doubt, the midfielder can replicate his club form for the Super Eagles when they take on the world in June.