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Will Chidera Ejuke live up to the hype and expectations as a Super Eagle?

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There’s no doubt that Nigeria as a country is blessed with football talents whether at home or abroad. This explains why many Nigerians weren’t really worried when Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori decided to play for the Three Lions of England instead of the Super Eagles.

The retirement of Odion Jude Ighalo saw Victor Osihmen fitting in to fill the gap with support from the likes of Samuel Chukwueze, Samuel Kalu, Moses Simon, and skipper Ahmed Musa.

On the sidelines waiting to take their chances are players like Cyriel Dessers who ditched Belgium to play for Nigeria and has been handed a call up by Gernot Rohr.

The Belgium-based duo of  Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis and David Chidozie Okereke who both recently won the league with Club Brugge heralds an exciting prospect of attacking options available to Nigeria.

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This brings us to Chidera Ejuke who is doing great things in Dutch Eredivisie for Hereenven like his counterpart Cyriel Dessers has been doing for Heracles Almelo.

Chidera Ejuke is a 22-year-old dynamic footballer who plays from the wings and is quite intelligent with his style of football. He has been able to shake off the disappointment of not making Emmanuel Amuneke‘s under-17 squads which conquered the world in Chile 2015.

From Kaduna via Gombe United in Nigeria to Valerenga in Norway and now Hereenven in Holland, Ejuke is showing the world that indeed he is ready for the big stage.

Chidera Ejuke, from his style of play, is similar to Samuel Chukwueze, and not much different from Henry Onyekuru who has shown that he is a work in progress who isn’t afraid of taking on players to score and create goals.

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Someone said stats don’t tell every index of a story however, it can still be relied upon to direct our judgements.

The 2019/2020 season portrays Chidera Ejuke as the topmost performer in attack for Heerenveen who was 10th in Dutch league that was declared null and void due to Covid-19.

He contributed 9 out the 41 goals scored by his team plus 4 assists in 25 matches out of which he started 24.

This isn’t bad for an individual who doesn’t play as direct number 9. However, the national team business is a different kettle of fish as he will have to fit into the coaching style and blend with players.

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