Leading the highest goals-scorers’ chart for foreign players in Serbia with 5 goals out of 8 games in the current season, Nigeria’s Sadiq Umar has surely taken this season by storm in the East European country with some truly scintillating performances.
In fact, the Olympic bronze medallist is not far from the highest goal scorer in the entire league – Bojan Matic of Vojvodina FC – who has 7 goals to his name thus far.
Overall, Sadiq Umar has been very prolific this season, scoring 1 goal per 2 games (8 goals in 16 games in all competitions for Partizan Belgrade).
During the week, the lanky striker who flopped spectacularly in the Scottish league, scored 2 delicious goals in the Europa league to earn a place in the Europa league team of the week – the only Nigerian to make the list.
And those goals were just out of this world: the first, he anticipated a loose ball inside the 18 yard box to run and launch his long leg to hit the ball past the hapless goalkeeper; the second, he sliced
between 2 defenders as if they were not there to create time and space to face and overcome the goalkeeper with a beauty of a shot!
He could have got more but for the goalkeeper’s excellent effort.
Super Eagles calling for Umar?
The consensus among a number of Super Eagles supporters is that it is too premature to clamour for Sadiq to be invited to the national team.
The likes of Osimhen, Josh Maja and Chuba Akpom are playing in more competitive leagues and all appear to have superior striker skill sets compared to Sadiq Umar.
There are others who would disagree; they will be quick to point to the impact Sadiq made in Holland last year (where he scored 5 healthy goals in 12 appearances for NAC Breda) as evidence that the 22 year old Kaduna born forward can hold his own in a competitive league.
Whichever the case, should Sadiq Umar continue to bang in the goals across competitions for Partizan Belgrade, he will surely become hard for Super Eagles strikers to ignore.