Garba Lawal has said the talented trio are in the ideal development stages to take Nigeria back where it belongs.
Lawal, who is famed for his leading role during Nigerian football’s golden era in international football between 1990 and 2000, explains that Chukwueze has some higher levels to reach.
“Chukwueze did well in the season that is rounding up in Europe, but I think he has to be more direct in his games to draw other clubs to his side,” he told The Guardian.
“To me, sometimes his game looks childish unlike his former teammate, Cameroun’s Karl Toko Ekambi, who initially joined Olympique Lyon on loan from Villarreal and was later signed on a permanently basis. Ekambi’s game is more direct at goals unlike Chukwueze, which he needs to work on.
“In football, you never can tell what happens next. It is all about one’s ability and I believe he too is on the right direction if he changes his game. I also think he is going to be a fantastic player in the immediate future. But continuity is very important for his development if he is to achieve that.
As for the newly signed Napoli striker, Osimhen, Lawal has highlighted the new playing opportunities the 21-year-old striker needs to rise to.
“Osimhen’s move to Serie A is a good one for him because Napoli is not a small club. He is joining a club that has players like Arkadiusz Milik and Lorenzo Insigne… these are big players. Napoli is a new challenge and it is a bigger club and there is massive pressure on Napoli to excel, the reason they spent that much to acquire Oshimhen.
Lawal, whose long club career took him places like the Netherlands, Greece, Portugal and Sweden, concluded to mention that Leicester City’s Ndidi is a consistent go-to man for club and country.
“As for Ndidi, he has always been a reliable and fantastic player for the country and even at his club. You can’t take away the quality he has both at club and for country. I think a lot of our Nigerian players also did well in Europe, by playing week in and week out for their respective clubs,” concluded Lawal.