Can Onuachu lead the lines for Nigeria?


Paul Onuachu's audacious diving header that flew in like a rocket to crash Charleroi's net yesterday in 61 minutes was not enough for Genk as their hosts held on to win 2:1 in a fiesty league encounter after the international break.

The former Denmark-based striker was invited for the Super Eagles' friendly clash against Ukraine only to see out the entire match on the bench as his compatriot Osihmen razzled and dazzled to suggest that Paul Onuachu should expect to be benched for many more matches to come.

However, if the tall 25 year old 1-goal-in-6-games Onuachu should go on to have a fruitful season in Belgium, should he start ahead of others in the national team?

If Rohr believes that he can take advantage of an opponents' short defenders and his own pacy attacking midfielders and dashing wingers, he might wish to deploy Paul only to hold up play, bring others in (with quick flicks) and be a nuisance aerially.

Because of height advantage and his build, Onuachu could be preferred ahead of other strikers in certain matches or as a plan 'B' if the initial plan is not working.

A player like the Owerri-born forward can be very useful in a strategy that relies predominantly on 'long balls' to a big centre forward who will use his height and build to cause problems and wreck havoc.

But, as a Plan 'A', it is unlikely that Onuachu would start ahead other strikers who have more pace, panache and poise to their play - like Osimhen.

Perhaps, one Super Eagles fan nailed it on a social media chatroom when he said: "Onuachu may not have clicked in the last Afcon but he cannot be written off with just one tournament.

He's young and has the potential.

With proper blending, I believe he'll add value to the Super Eagles.

Onuachu has something important. His height is an advantage that might be needed and crucial in certain games. " He concluded.


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