After the CV game, there now seems to be a fans' consensus that he has really played his way into the reckoning and can't be ignored. But I think he needs an even closer look and since we are looking for that 'missing like' i.e the creative midfield genius, my thoughts continue to return to him.
Is this is a case of 'di ting you dey find go Sokoto dey for your sokoto'.
Could Ejuke be the creative AM we have been looking for?
The global game is replete with top players converting from one role earlier in their careers to really establishing themselves in another.
Ejuke has a lot of attributes that could make him a great AM but I suspect the obvious and 'natural' choice has always been to play him as a 'winger', probably because of his undoubted pace.
But are those silky skills more effective in the centre of the park pushing forward rather than out wide?
Watching his games before CSKA and since signing for them, it is clear he can play everywhere and at CSKA it seems he has been given the freedom to roam.
He is one guy that is not afraid to shoot from distance and quite accurately too. We saw that on Tuesday and it is also evident from his games at his club.
As a winger, I think he is restricted and under pressure to reach the byline and cross the ball, or cross earlier if possible.
However, his ball retention skills make him ideally suited for a creative midfield role and I believe he could be converted and given that responsibility which he can grow into over time.
I see a young Iniesta in him. Iniesta himself played all over the pitch as a younger player until he finally settled as a CM. This report below could be Ejuke they are describing:
I think with some help, Ejuke might be our best option for finding the next real creative attacking midfielder. As has been pointed out, his decision making can be improved (eg, releasing the ball earlier) but if he is relieved of the responsibility of crossing the ball from out wide rather than finding the right man to finish off the moves he is very capable of creating out of nothing, then he just might thrive in that new role.Iniesta originally started as a defensive midfielder, but his balance, ball control and agility in close spaces, allied with his skill and flair on the ball, saw him make progress as an attacking midfielder. Beyond his raw talent that was spotted at a young age by Barcelona's scouts, it was his great versatility, work ethic and inventiveness that allowed him to stake a claim on a first-team place at the age of 18. Vicente del Bosque described him as "A complete footballer. He can attack and defend, he creates and scores," and Frank Rijkaard said, "I played him as a false winger, central midfielder, deep midfielder and just behind the striker and he was always excellent."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andr%C3%A ... _reception
Now whether that has to occur in his club rather than a national team is up for debate.
Just an opinion.
What do you guys think?