6-Super Eagles players aiming for a place at the World Cup have moved to new Clubs during the just concluded January Transfer Window in Europe to get playing time.
The Super Eagles gaffer, Gernot Rohr has maintained that only those playing regularly in their clubs will be on the plane to the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Here, we take a look at those 6 players who made moves due to the Coach’s state on selection ahead of the FIFA Mundial.
6. Brown Ideye, Tianjin TEDA, China – Malaga CF, Spain (Loan)
Super Eagles Forward, Brown Ideye joined Spanish LaLiga side Malaga on loan from Tianjin Teda.After an underwhelming debut campaign in the Chinese Super League where he bagged just four goals in 14 league games, the 29-year-old has opted for a temporary move to Spain to bolster his chances of playing for Gernot Rohr’s squad in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Ideye moved to China in February 2017 after his incredible goalscoring runs for Olympiakos having registered 23 efforts in 44 league games across two seasons.
5. Emmanuel Emenike, Olympiakos, Greece – Las Palmas, Spain (Loan)
Emmanuel Emenike has joined Spanish side, Las Palmas on loan from Olympiacos after agreeing on personal terms.The ex-Nigeria international was snapped up by the Greek champions in July 2017 for €2.5 million from Fenerbahce.
However, since his arrival at Karaiskakis Stadium, he has suffered various injuries which had limited his game time.
The former West Ham United striker made just ten appearances and scored four goals for the Reds before his departure.
4. Isaac Success, Watford, England – Malaga CF, Spain (Loan)Malaga also strengthened their squad with the loan signing of Super Eagles forward, Isaac Success, the club confirmed on Wednesday.
Success, 22, has been with the Hornets since 2016, but an injury-plagued spell restricted him to the bench, scoring just once in 19 Premier League games.
The Super Eagles striker is now gearing up for a spell on loan with the La Liga strugglers where he would be hoping to get regular playing time.
3. Oghenekaro Etebo, CD Feirense, Turkey – Las Palmas, Spain (Loan)
Las Palmas welcomed the arrival of Super Eagles Central Midfielder, Oghenekaro Etebo from Portuguese side, Feirense on loan till the end of the season, with an option of making the deal permanent.The forward joined the Santa Maria da Feira outfit in January 2016 as a free agent after his contract with Warri Wolves expired at the end of the 2014-15 season.
The Super Eagles Midfielder scored seven goals in 47 league appearances in his two-year stint at the Estádio Marcolino de Castro.
2. Elderson Echiejile, Sivasspor, Turkey – Cercle Brugge, Belgium (Loan)
Super Eagles first choice left back, Elderson Echiejile also joined Belgian Division B side Cercle Brugge on loan from French outfit Monaco.The defender teamed up with the Ligue 1 side in January 2014 after penning a four-and-a-half-year deal.
The Super Eagles defender spent the first half of the 2017-18 season on loan at Turkish Super Lig side, Sivasspor and made ten appearances in all competitions.
“Elderson Echiejile is acquired on loan by Cercle Brugge until the end of the season,” read a statement on the club website.
“The Nigerian defender was in the first half of the season at the Turkish Sivasspor, but from now on it will be admired in the Jan Breydel Stadium.
- Ahmed Musa, Leicester, England – CSKA Moscow, Russia (Loan)
CSKA Moscow also welcomed the return of Super Eagles winger, Ahmed Musa on loan for the remainder of the season after the forward failed to make an impact at Leicester City.Leicester paid a reported club-record £16 million to sign Musa in July 2016 as they bolstered their squad for a Champions League campaign in the wake of their stunning Premier League title success.
The Super Eagles regular only scored two top-flight goals in his first campaign, while his only strike this term came in a 4-1 win over Sheffield United in the Carabao Cup second round in August.
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