Four (4) players that can settle Nigeria and Gernot Rohr’s midfield corundum

Four (4) players that can settle Nigeria and Gernot Rohr’s midfield corundum

The Super Eagles have come a long way under the caretaking capacity of current gaffer Gernot Rohr on the Eagles job as the teams continue to advance in the World Cup qualifying series.

Rohr has been stating his aptness to make something different out of the Nigerian National side amid his continued building process.

While he got some challenges to sort out in certain positions irrespective of the so-called record they earned in the wins over Liberia and in the return leg against the Central African Republic.

However, Nigeria is in need of further delivery in the midfield as the search for creativity continues for Nigeria’s Super Eagle sides.

With the above statement in view, relates four (4) goods players that can lift Nigeria’s creative midfield burden.


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The former Manchester City product would be a massive addition to the Gernot Rohr-led side.

It’s no surprise to his current form as he scored a brace for Reading recently from his midfield position.

Playing along with his teammate and prospective Nigerian international Ovie Ejaria can help him settle effectively at Reading even as he’s been likened to a player of Yaya Toure’s quality.

Tom Dele-Bashiru, Watford

He would bring creative invention and sheer passion to the Eagles' side as we look forward to a consistent showing from the promising midfielder in the Sky Bet Championship this term.


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The former Liverpool and Arsenal starlet was on the score sheet when they beat Fulham 1-3 away at Craven Cottage.

His combo with the new signing at Reading, Tom Dele Bashiru would lighten up the side’s midfield composition.

While he helps the latter come to terms and adjust to the Championship style of play.

Ovie Ejaria

Ejaria has been widely spoken about in the Nigerian media especially for a long time while he’s drawn major comparisons with NFF admirers Eberechi Eze.

He would add steel to the Eagles midfield similar to the kind that Nwankwo (Papillo) Kanu brought to the team during his playing days for Nigeria.


Joel Obi

The former Inter Milan midfield prodigy with be a welcome development if he gets himself into Gernot Rohr squad reckoning.

After a brief strict with Chievo Verona last season, he signed for Serie A newbie Salernitana this season as the modest side just got promoted to the Serie A.

He will be expected to provide creativity for his teammate especially for his compatriot Simy (Simon Tochukwu Nwankwo). 


Though striker Simy seems not to be on Rohr's radar following the exploits of Victor Osimhen, Paul Onuachu and Umar Sadiq in Europe.

However, Obi holds a major stake as far as quality is needed in Nigeria’s attacking midfield.

He’s got the class and dynamics to ignite the spark missing in the Eagles central (midfield) areas.

While he hopes to be fit and free from injury in order to keep his pace and form in the current season.                                                          


Last but not least is Kelechi Nwakali who seems to have been eclipsed by the attacking pair of Victor Osimhen (SSC Napoli) and Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal) as the case may be at the moment.

But his talent cannot be hidden no matter how long it takes him to force his way into Gernot Rohr's selection radar.

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He's got the big heart to be the engine room of Nigeria’s midfield while the likes of Eberechi Eze and Michael Olise continue to ponder on making their Nationality decision in the days ahead.

He must be brought into Eagles midfielder reckoning while we acknowledge his free-kicks ability as a potential match-winner for the Super Eagles in tough occasions.

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 years ago