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Mikel Agu: are his Super Eagles days behind him?

Once regarded as number two to Wilfred Ndidi in the Super Eagles defensive midfield, Mikel Agu fell so far off the grid that he was erased from the consciousness of Nigeria fans as a viable option in midfield. With his last outing for Nigeria coming on the 09th of October 2020 in a friendly against Algeria, it has now been 16 months since Agu last played for his country. But that was to be expected as he was inactive in club football for the better part of last season and early this season which led to a massive dip in form and made him effectively ineligible for national team invitation based on merit. However, Agu is turning a corner. The 28 year old defensive midfielder linked up with Spanish La Liga 2 side CF Fuenlabrada early this year. He has thus far played 4 matches deep in midfield and is gradually starting to play like the Mikel Agu of old. His timing, interception, tackle and marking are all coming back to him. He has taken his place in the team's starting 11 and has no intention of relinquishing it. Influential football statistics platform rates Agu's output so far in the Spanish La Liga 2 as an exemplary 6.77 out of 10. So, is it time for the Eguavoen led Super Eagles management team to consider extending an invitation to Mikel Agu? Not yet, at least not for the high stake March double header qualifiers against Ghana. This encounter has come too early for Mikel Agu owing to the fact that he has only recently resumed league action. Should Nigeria qualify for the world cup - and Agu remains fit and active with top notch performances in Spanish club football - then he can be considered. But for now, turning out healthy outputs with consistent outings for CF Fuenlabrada should be his priority. Agu, who played his first match for the Super Eagles in 2017, has 7 caps for Nigeria. Copyright Notice: unauthorized use of this material is strictly prohibited

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