Leon Balogun’s Spot Under Threat in Super Eagles

Leon Balogun's Spot Under Threat in Super Eagles

Leon Balogun’s first choice spot as a central defender for the Super Eagles is no longer guaranteed unless he starts getting games at English Premier League side Brighton, the Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has said.

The Nigerian has found it hard to dislodge the first choice pairing of Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk since his move on a free transfer from German side Mainz O5 in the summer.

Balogun has played just two matches this season which according to Rohr isn't good enough for a player who is already 30 years old as it will no doubt, affect his fitness and physical shape.

Rohr said that unless he starts playing or switch clubs in January to where he can get game time, it will be tough for him to maintain his central defence pairing with William Troost-Ekong in the Eagles.

“We insist all the time on our players playing regularly because it’s the same for other players. We tell them sometimes that it's better to play in a smaller club than to go to a big club in the Premier League and you don't play. It's difficult, but we have discussed this in our conversation especially with Balogun,” Rohr said.

This article was most recently revised and updated 4 years ago

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