In a recent interview, It appears that the NFF chairman Amaju Pinnick also shares the views of a section of Super Eagles fans that Alex Iwobi's overall contribution is still work-in-progress in Nigeria's midfield. To say the former Arsenal man has not performed admirably in Nigeria colours would be totally incorrect - Iwobi is hard working, dedicated and a consummate professional. However, to also conclude that the 23 year old has given consistently high performances in the centre of Nigeria’s midfield would be a generous assessment indeed. Some had advocated for a midfield without Iwobi, suggesting that he be benched or returned to the flanks. In an interview in London recently, Amaju Pinnick was quoted as saying :"Can you imagine a midfield with Ndidi, Aribo, Etebo and Eze? it is one that will improve our squad."
Indeed, from that statement, Amaju seems to acknowledge the problem in our attacking midfield and his efforts to address it. Hence -It appears - his deliberate omission of the player he sees as the weak link. Some people disagree saying that Amaju's omission of Iwobi in his quote of Nigeria’s midfield options is a harmless oversight to which not much should be read into.