Does Sadiq Umar deserve Super Eagles invitation?
This week, Nigeria Striker Sadiq Umar posted a barnstorming performance against Red Star Belgrade in the Serbia Cup competition where he was at the back of a lot dangerous moves made by his team's line of attack.
Having peppered the goal with efforts of his own, Umar - who has already found the back of the net in the league after football resumed recently - turned provider here by turning two defenders inside out with leg-over skills deep inside the 18 yard box before cutting back a bitingly delicious low cross for Bibras Natcho to score the only goal of the match.
It was a game of fine margins, but it was Sadiq's moment of brilliance that helped ensure his side progressed to the final of the Serbian Cup.
According to one Source, Umar Sadiq is now Nigeria's highest goal contributor in Europe in the 2019-2020 season, with a hand in 33 goals (17 goals, 16 assists) from 38 appearances in all competitions in Serbia.
The question now is: will such a fantastically successful season earn the 23 year old invitation to the Super Eagles of Nigeria?
Unfortunately for Sadiq Umar, nowadays, scoring goals in Serbia to try to attract the attention of national team handlers is just like winking at a girl in the dark. The Serbian league limits visibility and impact his goals would ordinarily have if they were scored in say France, Holland or Belgium.
This current Super Eagles management team are looking towards more glamorous leagues for Super Eagles strikers. The likes of Umar and Junior Ajayi would be expected to make the Super Eagles squads under a different dispensation but these are different times.
That said, the fact that Sadiq Umar has continued to improve every aspect of his game and his overall contributions to any forward line up are elements that will not go unnoticed to national team handlers.
Never mind that he is playing in Serbia, Umar's performances in the Europa league earlier in the season (scoring 3 goals and 2 assists)and his astonishing assist this week show that he has the capacity to conjure moments of magic.
Something that may yet work in his favour in earning national team invitation, despite still playing in Serbia.