Former Japanese international Shinji Okazaki has said that Nigerian midfielder Kelechi Nwakali has the potential to play at the topmost level of European football despite failing to nail down a shirt at LaLiga side Huesca, reports. scooped that the former Premier League winner highlighted the player’s potential having trained with him but believes the player must now stay consistent to actualize his true potentials.


“He has the potential to play in LaLiga and in the Premier League as well. It’s clear from the training sessions.


“The young player has high capabilities,” Okazaki continued. “In training, you could see the difference in ability, that was clear,” the former Leicester City forward told Goal.


Okazaki also shed some light on why Nwakali, who signed for Arsenal in 2016 failed to make the breakthrough in North London.


“Of course there’s also trust with the managers, and you can gain trust from your teammates.


“I think the impressions between teammates and in a match are different, he needs to be in a match to show what he can do and that can be a part in [him getting] recognition.


“I’m hoping he can apply that at Alcorcon to be a better and more confident player,” Okazaki concluded.



With just 10 appearances for Huesca across both the LaLiga and LaLiga 2, the 2015 FIFA U-17 Golden ball winner joined second-tier side Alcorcon on a loan deal for the remainder of the season and has already settled in well, helping the club to two wins already in 3 games played so far.