DEADLINE DAY! 7 Top Summer Transfer Moves By Nigerian Players
The summer transfer window has been an interesting one with some surprising moves coming through.
While Nigerian players may not have commanded the humongous fees, it is correct to say, some did make decent moves that would put them in better light going forward.
Bounce Sports makes a list of 7 top moves by Nigerian players across Europe.
1 - Tyrone Ebeuhi (Ado Haag) --> Benfica
This was one of the earliest moves made by a Nigerian player this summer.
Having played all his club football in his country of birth Netherlands, the 22-year old finally decided to take his career a step forward with a calculated move to Portugal where he pitched his tents with champions, Benfica.
Ebuehi played 82 games in all competitions for his former team and would hope to do more having signed a five deal with Benfica.
2- Samuel Kalu (KAA Gent) --> Bordeaux
Still yet to get a chance with any of Nigeria’s national teams, Kalu is already building a reputation for himself in Europe.
The 20 year old was lured away from Gent to Bordeaux for a transfer fee thought to be in the region of €8m.
Kalu has been a consistent performer in the Jupiler League during the last few seasons and he would be expected to sustain same in Ligue 1.
He has been recruited as a replacement for Malcom, who moved to Barcelona earlier in the window.
Samuel Kalu is now the second Nigerian to play for Bordeaux - after Kalu Uche.
3 - Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm) --> Lokomotiv Moscow
Having gatecrashed Nigeria’s World Cup team to Russia, Idowu was able to showcase himself and that helped him secure a move away from Amkar Perm who have gone bankrupt to one of Russia’s biggest clubs, Lokomotiv Moscow.
4 - Leon Balogun (Main O5) --> Brighton & Hove Albion.
For many, the English Premier League is the real deal and that perhaps informed the decision of Leon Balogun to turn down all other advances for a move to Brighton & Hove Albion.
Brighton were one of the new boys in the EPL last season and they held their own to beat the drop.
Hoping for better fortunes this term, the Midland based team have recruited widely not just to stay in the top flight but to possibly challenge for a Europa League spot.
5 - Henry Onyekuru (Everton) --> Galasataray
The young Nigerian striker stepped on toes during his last loan stint at Anderlecht; accusing the club of sabotage in his bid to present himself fit for possible selection for the World Cup.
With a Work Permit still out of reach, another loan move was always expected and joining Turkish giants Galatasaray was a smart move for Onyekuru.
Among other things, the intensity in the Super Lig and Gala’s playing style all suits Onyekuru
6 - Moses Simon (KAA Gent) --> Levante
It is correct to say leaving Belgium to play club football in Spain against top stars like Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez is a step in the right direction.
The latest move for Moses is his biggest.
Earlier in his career, he joined Slovakia club, AS Trencin in 2014 from GBS Academy and scored 13 goals in 33 league appearances in his one season at the club.
7 - O. Etebo (CD Freinse) --> Stoke City
Etebo was one of Nigeria’s top performers at the Russia 2018 World Cup.
Many believe he would have secured a move to the Premier League instead of settling for life in the Championship with Stoke City.
That said, one can take consolation in the fact that Etebo will sell himself with the Potters.
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