Super Eagles gaffer, Gernot Rohr will be having plenty of selection problems as he prepares to make public his list of players for next month’s AFCON qualifiers against Benin Republic and Lesotho, following the new found form of some players across Europe, AOIFootball.com reports.
With star striker and Africa’s most expensive signing Victor Osimhen still lacking match sharpness following injury and Covid-19, the German tactician has the in-form Paul Onuachu to rely on but the player’s lack of adaptation to the Eagles game means Rohr could look for potentials to his forward line.
Among the potentials could be the duo of Henry Onyekuru, and Josh Maja who have both featured under the German gaffer in the past but a debut call-up for France-based Terem Moffi might be on the cards should Rohr fancy a new name to his long list of debutants.
The 21-year-old has made a brilliant start to the year with Lorient, scoring seven goals in his last 8 games this year with big goals against PSG and thrice against Monaco, highlighting the player’s big potentials across Europe.
Relatively unknown to so many Nigerians, the former FK Kauno Žalgris of Lithuania striker joined Lorient for a huge 8 million Euros last summer and has already shown he can deliver at the big stage despite just playing his first full year in any of Europe’s top leagues.
Another player who dreams of a return to the Eagles’ fold will be Henry Onyekuru who has somewhat not been lucky over the past 12 months but the player’s loan move back to Turkey last month could be a blessing for him with injury already ruling out Samuel Chukwueze.
Rohr could rely on the winger’s speed and eye for the goal for the upcoming game with Onyekuru offering a different dimension to the duo of Moses Simon and Samuel Kalu on the flanks with his ability to play up front a key component for him too.
The 23-year-old last played for Nigeria at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt, making just one solitary appearance but a run of 3 goals and 2 assists could potentially open up a place for him in Rohr’s squad for next month’s AFCON qualifiers.
Finally, another man who could potentially sneak back into the Super Eagles’ fold will be Fulham’s Josh Maja who announced himself to the Premier League in style as he scored twice in the win over Everton.
A cameo appearance in a friendly match against Ukraine in September of 2019 marked the player’s first appearance for Nigeria but should he continue to wrack up the goals at Craven Cottage, the 22-year-old could eventually get his chance to play for Nigeria at full international level.