Fans of the ace English writer will probably roll their eyes at this but it was too hard to resist such an apt tag for this piece
While much has been made of Nigeria’s once again darling national teams recent “successes” if you can call it that, much has also been made of Coach Gernot Rohr’s choice of personnel
Despite the fact that his results should speak for him there is still much of an outcry over the inclusion of this or that player or as in our case the non-inclusion of some
Perhaps the loudest cries are over Rohrs perceived continued snub of exciting Nigerian talent the 20 year old dynamite attacker Henry Onyekuru
The world took notice of the talented Nigerian when he took the Belgian league by storm last season scoring 22 goals in 38 games to finish as joint leading scorer in the Belgian Super League.
5 months on the exciting forward has proved he is no flash in the pan as after a moments hesitation he has resumed where he left off in the Belgian league scoring 7 goals in 14 appearances for Anderlecht where he is on loan from Everton whom he joined in the summer
Onyekuru is the real deal, a player who becomes a nightmare for every defender he faces, (ask the veteran Dani Alves), he seems to have matured, playing more for the team, improving his defensive work yet still beating defenders with out-worldly skills and finishing with the intelligence of a seasoned pro
Yet in a team that starts a not so prolific Moses Simon and an out of sorts Ahmed Musa fans are livid that Rohr continues to deny the youngster any game time and his very impressive cameo against Algeria seem to attest to this argument
Rohr has had the opportunity to field the player for much longer periods in the game against Algeria which was a dead rubber and again in the friendly against Argentina where regular players were unavailable but has chosen not to
So why hasn’t the German given the wonderkid much attention?
To hide his gem from the world perhaps?
1stly its wrong assuming Rohr is oblivious to the 20 year olds talent. On the contrary he is quite aware or else Onyekuru would not be in the team
But while Rohr has proven to be an astute tactician, he is still by nature a reserved and conservative man, one who can be quite reluctant to upset his Apple cart particularly when it works for him
He has a system that works for him presently and unless something drastically goes wrong . . . . he will not change it!
Our qualifiers like it or not have given life to Rohrs preferred team and tactical setup
All things being equal he will start with a front three of Moses Simon Victor Moses and either of Kelechi Iheanacho or Odion Ighalo and opt to bring in a Kelechi or an Iwobi if there is a need for extra attacking impetus
And should he need to switch his tactical setup like he did against Argentina he will still go with 2 of the 5 attackers listed above
However in the event the regular fail, get injured or get found out by tactically savvy opposing coaches, Rohr who is no douche himself has an ace in the talented 20 year old wonderkid
In Onyekuru Rohr would have a relatively unknown but dangerous alternative one he can introduce and totally change the dynamics of any game, an alternative who’s pace, skill and precision would cut open opposing defences and create chances for the Super Eagles
The young mans profile might be rising in Europe but he is still a bit of an unknown quantity particularly where the national team is concerned
Onyekuru will need to bid his time though, he will likely make the final 23 to Russia but game time might come hard, he is young and should take it all in as part of his development
Still, come Russia 2018, should Onyekuru make the trip, when the games get tough and the tide seems to be turning against us, with Onyekuru the German has got an ace up his sleeve!