Although most established Super Eagles key players are seeing action which should put them in good shape for upcoming assignments, some of the attacking players have been timid in front of goal thus far this season for their clubs.
Whilst a player like Sadiq Umar, who is not expected to be invited to the Super Eagles, has 11 league goals to his name across 20 games, the likes of Samuel Kalu, Samuel Chukwueze, Ahmed Musa and Alex Iwobi only have 5 goals between them.
Afrofooty takes a look at how each of these players has fared thus far this season:
Alex Iwobi (Everton) : 1 goal and 0 assist in 18 league matches is not a stats that make for good reading for a £34 million rated striker. I actually saw it coming earlier in the season based on how I saw Iwobi’s performances at the time.
His move to Everton was meant to show Arsenal fans that they made a mistake to let him go.
So far, there is nothing to show that he should have stayed in North London.
But the former Arsenal man remains a committed, patriotic and hard working professional.
Ahmed Musa (Al Nassr) : 0 goals and 4 assists in Saudi Arabia is quite a shocking statistic for Super Eagles captain.
Although Musa has never been the most prolific winger, his current goals drought in Saudi Arabia will worry those who feel he should be playing in the English Premier League.
However, Musa’s wealth of experience and dedication to the course endears him to many Super Eagles fans.
Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal) : although he is meant to be the poster boy of Nigerian football, 3 goals in 24 games is not a stats to celebrate about for Chukwueze’s fans.
Compared to last season (when he ended with 5 goals across 26 games) , the Super Eagles winger is actually not doing too bad.
But the question is,has Chukwueze shown improvement from last season?
Still, the former youth international continues to work hard for both club and country. He appears to retain a level of focus which is commendable.
Samuel Kalu (Bordeaux) : this exciting winger is having a horror season, much to the surprise of many Super Eagles fans that had expected much from him.
A lot had anticipated Kalu to set the league ablaze. Instead, it is Moses Simon, Osihmem and Josh Maja who are holding the torch for Nigeria with scintillating performances in France.
1 goal in 18 performances with off-field distractions have derailed Kalu’s season. Ill-health also hasn’t helped.
But, the 23 year old appears to be turning a corner by going the distance against PSG last weekend in a performance that earned him a ratings of 6.4.