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Super Eagles’ midfielder, Mikel Ndubuisi Agu, having won three man of the match awards, scored 3 goals with 2 assists, believes his performance has clearly defined his quality in his first season in Turkey.

Agu revealed to AOIFootball.com that playing in the Portuguese top flight, and now in the Turkish Super Lig has helped improve his all-round play and technically made him a better player.

Agu, is primarily a bonafide player of Portuguese giant FC Porto but has been loaned out to Vitoria Setubal and Club Brugge before being loaned currently to Turkish outfit Bursaspor where he has enjoyed better playing time and has been named in the Super Lig Team of the Week three times this season.

“So much has been added to my game. I have improved in my tackles, aerial battles, ball interceptions, as well as goal-scoring, plus added assists to my abilities too. The tactical and technical knowledge I have acquired at Porto, in the league for Setubal, Club Brugge, and currently at Bursaspor, have been very helpful and I will continue to work harder to attain my desired height in football,” the 24-year-old said.

Agu in Eagles' colours
Agu in Eagles’ colours

To buttress his claim, top football stats website Whoscored.com, show the midfielder has featured 1,661 minutes this season in 21 games so far, with 0-9 shots per game, 2.7 Aerial balls won per game, with a pass success rate of 83.4 percent, and an impressive man of the match accolade three times this season for Bursaspor.

He has scored 3 times in all competitions with two assists. He has also shown discipline in his game with only 5 yellow cards all season and he is rated 7.18.

Agu, however, hopes to bring his impressive rating at club level to the senior national team while he is also optimistic he would make Coach Rohr’s final 23-man list to Russia for the World Cup.

“I intend to keep working hard and ensure my club rating and performance reflects when I’m on duty in the national team,” he concluded.

Agu, though yet to break into Super Eagles’ first team, insists hard work and consistency will aid him to achieve his national team dream.

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