Leon Balogun needs to improve in Afcon to attract attention
Leon Balogun needs to improve in Afcon to attract attention
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Leon Balogun needs to improve in Afcon to attract attention

​The importance of a major international tournament, including the Africa Cup of Nations, can't be overlooked in boosting a player's profile in order to attract the attention of clubs.

Apart from targeting the glory, some players see international competition as an opportunity to reignite their club career, especially if they are fringe part of their club before the competition.

Leon Balogun is one of the players who need to make use of the tournament as an opportunity to boost his club career in the Premier League. 

The 31-year-old who currently plies his trade with Brighton & Hove Albion has not been a major show for the latter, having managed to feature in eight Premier League games. 

Despite Balogun's awesome display in the few matches he played for the Seagulls, manager Graham Potter couldn't integrate him into his regular starting XI based on Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk's strong partnership.

Considering his lack of first-team opportunities last term, many Super Eagles fans believe he should be on the lookout for suitors as scouts will be in Egypt seeking for new quality players.

Unfortunately, Balogun has surprisingly lost his place in Rohr's first XI, therefore, missing the opportunity to showcase his quality to many scouts in the North African country.

William Troost-Ekong and Kenneth Omeruo are currently ahead of the German-born defender in the pecking order and it seems that won't change anytime soon.

He has started just two matches from a possible four games, while his performance, especially against Madagascar, has done nothing to help boost his credibility level.

His error against Madagascar might likely affect his chances of winning scouts' affection, while his inability to return to the starting XI against Cameroon ultimately prevented him from redeeming his image.

There are three more matches left to play, should the Eagles make it to the final, and Balogun will hope to regain Rohr's trust.  

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