Talking points on the Nigeria vs England game (2)


The England vs Nigeria game at Wembley proved to be more than an eye opener for both the technical team and the fans of the Eagles, it also prepared the fans mind on what to expect against top quality opponents. Below are the following extracts from the game:

1. A midfield of Onazi and Joel obi can’t work: Prior to the England game, this combination also came under heavy criticism for their shoddy performance against Congo DRC, this criticism obviously didn’t propel them to improve as the pair put out one of the weakest midfield performances ever seen by the Eagles. Onazi in particular was awful, his passing, positioning, ball retention was simply nonexistent. He perhaps had the highest turnover rate in the first half, one of those occasions where he gave the ball away resulted in the second goal for England. As for his midfield partner, Joel obi, he was simply nonexistent in the match. It seems too late to drop either of the two, as coach Rohr seems bent on both , for the good of the Eagles, both should be restricted to bench roles.

2. Ndidi’s absence:
The role of the Leicester City man looks more and more important given the showings of other players who have deputized in recent friendlies. His work rate, tenacity, tackling and positioning will be needed by the Eagles at the World Cup. I’m sure the coaches will be sweating on his fitness seeing that there seems to be no replacement in the squad. And given the quality of midfielders opposition teams have, it will be vital we have him fit and ready to go.

3. Iwobi’s position:
He was perhaps the Eagles best player against the three lions. When it comes to link up play, Iwobi is perhaps one of the best at it . But he is often shunted out to the wings for his club and country even when his best performances have come when he played centrally. His second half performance against the English also confirmed this, as he was involved. In lots of Eagles attack and got a goal to top his effort . Looking forward to more top performances from the youngster at the Mundial..

4. Four at the back: with that horrible first half play against the English, it shows playing four at the back will be counterproductive. After a brave switch in formation by the Coach at the beginning of the first half , it has become more evident that a formation with four at the back won’t do the Eagles any good.

5. Ogu and Ebuehi:
Judging by their second half performances, both players surely deserve to be in the coach’s starting line up at the World Cup. Ebuehi seems comfortable on either side of the defense, and deserves to start ahead of his rivals. As for Ogu, he deserves to start ahead of both Onazi and Joel obi, his composure and ability to hit the ball far supersedes that of his rival for a starting place.
Looking forward to the next friendly against the Czech Republic, one can only hope the eagles put up a better all round performance to give the fans a glimmer of hope as we head towards the Mundial