BigMuze wrote:I wonder why no one mentions Junior Ajayi. Have we decided that he is definitely one for the future and not ready for a look in? Or is it solely because he is still playing in Africa. Ahly is a very credible team and he is balling there. I don’t really see why Aaron Samuel or Kayode should get mentioned before him on current form IMHO.
A lot of people that don't watch the domestic league have never seen him.
He was very good at home (Shooting) and with the U-23, but got injured at the wrong time. Nevertheless, Sia1 took him to the Olympics I think, & dropped Awoniyi. He needs to have a dominant season with El Ahly to get back into SE reckoning. I don't think it will happen for him in time for Russia.
I think we will get 1 or 2 WC thieves. Players who will seem to come out of the blue. They might fit into 2 profiles.
1) A big striker that can bang in 3 - 6 goals between now and the March friendlies. So Nwaekeme (he has been in the setup, so won't really be a thief), Ideye, Dessers, Osimhen, Awoniyi, Ujah, Gabriel (no European league opportunities but could be one of the 35) etc need to get their scoring boots on quickly.
2) One of the German boys. Uduokhai, Akpoguna & to a lesser extent Bazee and Okoye.
I think it is really good that most of us can name 17 - 18 of the 23 likely to make it to Russia with a high degree of confidence. That shows stability going into the World Cup.