Six more players Nigeria must not miss out on

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Danjuma, Adarabioyo, Adeyemi, Lookman
Jamal Musiala has opted to represent Germany, but these six talents must be snapped up by the Super Eagles

  1. Tosin Adarabioyo
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    Tosin Adarabioyo

    The 23-year-old has impressed in the Premier League for Fulham this season, despite being sold by Manchester City last summer.

    The £2 million Fulham paid for the centre-back is proving to be an absolute bargain, with the defender excelling as the Cottagers have battled against relegation.

    Adarabioyo, who represented England up to U-19 level, has repeatedly outlined his desire to represent the Three Lions, but the Super Eagles must surely try to temp the ex-Blackburn Rovers man to commit his future to the West Africans.

  2. Karim Adeyemi

    Karim Adeyemi

    Featuring on Goal’s NxGn list last year, Adeyemi has the potential to be one of the finest African talents of his generation—although both Germany and Romania will be keen to recruit him at senior level.

    His former coach at youth level, Ognen Zaric, has suggested that Adeyemi was “born for the top”, and his early-career goalscoring form certainly suggests that he can enjoy a long career at the pinnacle of the sport.

    Adeyemi has attracted interest from both Liverpool and Chelsea in the past, both of whom will surely be monitoring his development, while Super Eagles fans will be desperate for the 19-year-old to opt for the Nigeria national team.

    To date, he has represented Germany up to U-17 level.

  3. Joshua Zirkzee

    Joshua Zirkzee

    After enjoying a breakout campaign last term, in which Zirkzee endeared himself to Bayern Munich, things haven’t gone to plan this season and he was loaned out to Parma earlier this year.

    Last season, the wonderkid scored two decisive goals—in just eight minutes—across his first two appearances in the Bundesliga, appearing completely unfazed by the occasion or the demands.

    The wonderkid is two-footed, elegant, boasts presence in the opposition area and, considering his pace and intelligent movement, can hurt defences in various different ways.

    He has represented the Netherlands at six age groups from U-15 to U-21.

  4. Calvin Bassey
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    Calvin Bassey

    A teammate of Joe Aribo and Leon Balogun at Rangers, Bassey joined Steven Gerrard’s side from Leicester City at the start of the season.

    He’s featured eight times for the Scottish heavyweights, impressing with his performances at left-back, and is understood be being monitored by Rohr.

    If Nigeria decide that Bassey could be a long-term solution at left-back, then they may need to act quickly—the full-back is also eligible for England and Italy.

  5. Ademola Lookman

    Ademola Lookman

    There were various reports during 2020 that Lookman was willing to commit his future to Nigeria, despite having represented England up to U-21 level.

    Since then, his stock has risen, with Lookman making a series of outstanding performances for Fulham after returning to English football with the Cottagers.

    The 23-year-old has scored four goals and contributed three assists so far this term, playing a pivotal role in Fulham’s bid to beat the drop.

  6. Arnaut Danjuma
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    Arnaut Danjuma

    Despite already featuring for the Netherlands at senior level, Danjuma hasn’t featured for the European heavyweights in a competitive game, which means he’s still eligible for the Super Eagles.

    The electric wideman was unfortunate to be relegated with Bournemouth last term after catching the eye in the Premier League, and his mazy dribbling and turn of pace could be valuable assets for Nigeria.

    The Lagos-born attacker is understood to be the subject of recent interest from the Nigeria Football Federation as they attempt to convince him to ditch the Netherlands for good.