Rohr Wants Everton Striker For Super Eagles
Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr seems fixated on getting more young guns of Nigerian descent to come over to play for the national rather than look inwards into the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL.
There are fresh indications that the Franco-German tactician is still keen on persuading Everton’s Ademola Lookman to play for the Super Eagles.
The 21-year-old helped England win the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup, but can switch allegiances as he is yet to play for the senior side.
Lookman was born in England but qualifies for Nigeria through his parents. He has been a target for them for two years.
“He plays for the youth now but we hope he can change his mind and play for us,” Rohr told BBC Sport.
“He’s a player we know can add something to the team.
“Getting a player to change his national choice is not easy, quick and the process is never so straightforward.
“First we must be sure he wants to come. And hope to get it cleared by Fifa.
“Then the most important part is that he brings something new, different and better than we have.”
Nigeria has previously succeeded in convincing several former England youth internationals like Sone Aluko, Victor Moses, Shola Ameobi, Alex Iwobi and Ola Aina to switch international allegiance.
Lookman scored 12 goals in 49 games for Charlton before joining Everton in January 2017.
He played on loan at German club RB Leipzig last season but has struggled for regular game time this season with the Toffees.