After making just 3 meager and largely forgettable appearances for Portimonense in the Portuguese top flight this season, a loan move to secure regular playing time seems a sensible option for a player once dubbed the future of Nigerian wingplay.
With much puffery and fanfare following Marcus Abraham’s Super Eagles invitation against Cameroon for her high profile friendlies last year, the hype around the youngster has fizzled out somewhat of late.
Whilst praising to high heavens his impact for Feirense in the penultimate season where he scored 11 goals in 26 games in tier 2 football, some fans pleaded for caution at the time stating that perhaps we should wait for him to set a higher division league alight before gauging his true worth.
Sadly, that wait will have to go on longer as he struggled badly in the Portuguese top flight and will now be pitching his tent at the modest but underwhelming Polish league having secured a loan move to Radomiak Radom (a rather random name for a random club, I might add).
With the glut of options now open to Nigeria particular along the flanks (particularly with Ademola Lookman coming on board), it is difficult to see how Marcus will charm his way back to Super Eagles reckoning.
However well he plays in Poland, sadly we will be back in the same junction we were in 2021 which is that he is yet to prove his worth in a worthy league.
But stellar performances in Poland will serve him well nonetheless.
It will put him in the shop window for suitors from more glamorous clubs in elite leagues. Also, Eguavoen recently affirmed that players will not be selected or discriminated against based on the calibre of leagues they play. Rather, selection will be based on skills, talent, attributes and whether the players have “speed and strength”.
Whether Eguavoen will practice what he preaches remains to be seen.
And what also remains to be seen is whether Abraham will make a compelling case for himself as a veritable winger to be taken seriously based on his output in Poland.
We the fans are watching, and waiting, but not with bated breath.
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