Samuel Chukwueze: The Nigerian teen every Premier League club wants

Samuel Chukwueze: The Nigerian teen every Premier League club wants

The name Samuel Chukwueze is almost becoming a daily occurrence in the rumour mill. Chukwueze, who plays for Spanish giant, Villarreal, is attracting loads of interest from some of Premier League clubs including Leicester City and Arsenal.

That said, we delve closer to the youngster.

Who is Samuel Chukwueze?


Chukwueze is a 19-year-old Villarreal forward. Born in Ikwuano, South-East, Nigeria, the youngster was spotted by local side Diamond Football Academy before linking up with the Yellow Submarine in 2017.

There were reported interest from Arsenal, Monaco and Porto but he favoured Spain. This was expected. He was among a galaxy of raw Nigerian prospect that clinched a record fifth U17 world title in 2016. With three goals and three assists, he returned with the Bronze Ball.

Rise to stardom

Chukwueze progressed swiftly, admitting that never expected such breakthrough. His maiden appearance came in the UEFA Europa League as a late substitute against Rangers in September 2018. He then scored on his second Liga outing – a 2-2 draw against Rayo Vallecano – in November, just days before his international bow against Uganda.

Style of play

Fast, skilful, creative and physically strong, Chukwueze defines a modern-day winger. He is as quick as they come with a wonderful touch that leaves defenders trailing in his wake. However, it is his knack for hitting the target that sets him apart. There are no doubt that his super-B performance is what Premier League teams crave to help improve their game, and maybe even get the next Premier League top goalscorer.


MOSCOW, RUSSIA – OCTOBER 04: Samuel Chukwueze (R) of Villarreal in action against player of Spartak Moscow during UEFA Europa League Group G soccer match between Spartak Moscow and Villarreal at the Stadion Spartak in Moscow, Russia on October 04, 2018. (Photo by Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Naturally left-footed, he loves to operate on the right side of a front three. He brings Arjen Robben to mind. The youngster, however, claims he models his game after Emmanuel Amunike – a former Nigerian international.

Exploits so far


In a gloomy campaign, Chukwueze has been the sole bright spot for Villarreal. In 10 La Liga starts, the Nigerian plundered three goals and teed one for his teammate, including the stunner away at Levante. His four starts in Europe yielded two strikes.

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