So far, Nigerian international Frank Onyeka has looked at home in the English Premier League during the early stages of the 2021/2022 campaign.
The 23-year-old moved to the West London club earlier this summer and he’s already demonstrated his prowess, justifying the newly promoted club’s keenness to sign him from Midtjylland.
The midfielder played 126 games for the Danish club, in which he scored 17 goals, and a total of 20 games in Europe in the Champions League and Europa League. The opportunity to test himself in the Premier League proved too much to turn down.
For those who bet on football and note the bookmakers’ opinions, according to Betfair, Brentford are currently 50/1 in the outright “Betting without the ‘Big 6’ (Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd, and Tottenham)” market. Promisingly, they have shown enough in the opening few games to suggest that they have the quality to avoid relegation.
In addition, the Bees are one of the popular football betting tips, particularly when they’re playing at home. For example, they thrashed Arsenal 2-0 at the Brentford Community Stadium in the opening game of the season, proving their worth as a newly promoted Premier League side. It’s believed that their home form is likely to remain strong across the campaign.
Physical Side of Premier League Suits Onyeka
Onyeka has already proven why he’s nicknamed ‘Frank The Tank’: he’s very strong on the ball, so the physicality of the Premier League hasn’t caught him out as it has with some foreign players in the past.
So far, Brentford boss Thomas Frank has utilized Onyeka in a defensive midfield role within the team. However, he’s much more than a holding midfielder for the Bees and often gets involved in the team’s attacking drives.
The Super Eagles player is similar in position to his Nigerian compatriot Wilfred Ndidi who has shone at Leicester over the last few years. Both players press the ball well and that’s something Frank will want to see from Onyeka, especially against the bigger teams in the league.
In the opening two Premier League games Onyeka has started, Brentford have kept clean sheets. Last season’s Championship play-off winners kept the majority of their squad from their promotion campaign and have added well to it during the summer transfer window.
A Return to National Team Looks Likely
The Brentford man has featured just twice for the Nigeria national team, having made his debut in a friendly against Algeria in October 2020. He lasted just over 45 minutes of that game, which they sadly lost 1-0.
Onyeka more recently came off the bench in a World Cup qualifier against Cape Verde. The Super Eagles came out on top 2-1 in that Group C encounter and if he continues to impress in the Premier League, Onyeka is likely to play a bigger part of head coach Gernot Rohr’s side. Nigeria have two fixtures against the Central African Republic in October and the midfielder will be expecting a call-up for those games.
The Super Eagles also have the African Cup of Nations finals to look forward to in January. They’ve been drawn among Egypt, Sudan, and Guineas-Bissau in Group D for the tournament.
It’s going to be a big season ahead for Onyeka and one where he could establish himself as one of the leading players in the world in his position.
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