Super Eagles winger Samuel Kalu may end up keeping his place in the teams' starting line-up owing to a number of technical values in his game.
The Girondins-Bordeaux of France winger, who already has a goal and two assists from five outings with the Eagles, has already edged aside pressure from former Gent pal, Moses Simon, who has failed to regain his place in the Super Eagles starting lineup.
Kalu has now settled down firmly at Bordeaux and was in the French Ligue 1 team of the week mid-January, which shows he is also doing well at club level, just as the Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr wants it.
With those qualities, which are apparently rare among many Nigerian players, Rohr sees Kalu as a prized asset, with a strong hint that the winger would be a key figure in the squad to 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
While describing how Kalu even did well when he was lined out as a wing-back against South Africa in a crucial 2019 AFCON qualifier away, Rohr is now harping on the edge the youngster star has in being able to play in more than one key position he is assigned to.
Rohr restated: “Samuel Kalu is now in my team, a player who can make the difference, he can play in different positions also.
“He can play as a winger in a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1. He can play 3-5-2 – as we did in Johannesburg – and he can play also like a full-back offensively.”
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