With 7 goals in 9 Bundasliga games for Union Berlin already this season, Taiwo Awoniyi, 24 years old, is a centre forward reaching for greater heights.
The world cup winner at under 17 level just needs to keep this run going. His confidence is increasing and can continue to do so with behind-the-scenes hard work and tireless dedication.
Even when not scoring, he should be giving assists, pre-assists or at least making his presence felt in other ways (like creating outlets for his colleagues).
I remember in the 2013 under-17 world cup where he was second choice to Isaac Success, he proved beyond reasonable doubt that he was up to the job when Success sadly copped injury just after the first match in the tournament.
Awoniyi combined beautifully well with Iheanacho to score bucket load of goals to power the Nigerian teenagers to victory.
Will history somewhat repeat itself?
I pray we don’t have injuries to any of our key players.
But in a sense, Awoniyi (if he continues to churn out such quality performances eloquently cladded with resplendent goals for Union Berlin) is proving that though he is not first choice at the moment for the Super Eagles, he will be more than ready and capable to step in and wreck havoc on opponents when called upon.
The goal yesterday (against FC Waldof in a cup competition) was simply deluxe. Backing the goalkeeper he made a 360 turn with the speed of light before moving and unloading powerfully to give his team the lead. The match ended 3:1 in favour of Awoniyi’s team.
The finish belies a striker brimming in confidence.
All that is left is to replicate this sort of ruthlessness in Nigeria colours, something he is more than capable of.
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