The January transfer window is fast approaching.
For many players, that means the chance to make a potentially career-changing move.
For others, it is an opportunity to negotiate improved contracts as a reward for their hard work and consistently impressive performances.
The following players have done enough to earn a move to a bigger club:
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(5) Peter Olayinka (Slavia Prague): The 24 year old Ibadan-born striker might not have scored a lot of goals in the Czech republic this season but his all-round performances especially in the UEFA Champions League cannot be ignored.
Olayinka has scored 4 goals in 12 appearances for Slavia Prague, including a wonderful goal against Inter Milan at the San Siro.
His performance against Barcelona at the Nou Camp was also a good audition to show the world what he is capable of doing and also earning the reputation of being a big game player.
He literally ran Gerard Pique rugged, giving one of the best defenders in world football a good run for his money.
Olayinka’s performances have not gone unnoticed as he was handed his National team debut in Nigeria’s 1-1 draw against Brazil.
He started his sojourn in Europe at the age of 17, a journey which has seen him play in Albania, North Cyrpus, Czech republic and Belgium, a move to a more competitive league will be perfect for the talented forward. Watch his exclusive interview with EaglesTracker
(4) Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone): The lanky 27 year old striker is an unsung hero and could be described as one of the most underrated Nigerian players. Simy has scored 8 goals in 12 appearances for Italian Serie B side, Crotone.
The tall striker has been over looked by Coach Gernot Rohr after under-performing at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
His decision to stay at Crotone and also to sign a contract extension after their relegation to the second tier of Italian football seems to have paid off with his wonderful performances and continued praise. The time is right for him to move away from the second division to join a team in the team in top tier either in Spain or France.
A return to the Super Eagles also beckons as Paul Onuachu, who has been described by many as a replacement for Simy, has also struggled with the National team.
(3) Dennis Bonaventure (Club Brugge): The former Nigerian under-15 graduate is a prolific dribbler with excellent finishing ability. He has scored 5 goals in 16 appearances in all competitions for Club Brugge so far this season.
Dennis scored a brace against Real Madrid in the Champions League, and he performed the Cristiano Ronaldo trademark ‘Sii!’ celebration at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 22 year old forward made his Super Eagles debut against Ukraine, and has been called up by Coach, Gernot Rohr in his last 3 international squads.
Dennis has played in Ukraine and Belguim. A move to the English Premier League or the Ligue 1 in France could be the perfect thing for him.
(2) Wilfred Ndidi( Leicester City): Having been linked away from Leicester City for some time now, it seems only inevitable that Ndidi moves to a bigger club at some point in his career. It’s seemingly the only “fair” outcome for a truly talented midfielder who could have a huge impact at any club in world football.
The 22 year old defensive midfielder won the highest number of tackles last season in the EPL (143) and has continued in that rich vein of form this season, with a chart-topping 59 tackles won already. His 2 goals in 16 appearances (in all competitions) show another side of his footballing ability.
Ndidi, who earlier in the year enrolled at De Montfort University in Leicester to study Business Administration, coupled with Leicester City’s wonderful performances in the Premier League this season would probably put any transfer plans on hold, but he has definitely earned a move (should he want one.)
(1) Victor Osimhen (Lille): The 20 year old striker is still basking in the euphoria of scoring 2 goals for the Super Eagles against Lesotho in their AFCON 2021 qualifying match on Sunday. Osimhen has so-far taken the French Ligue 1 by storm, with great performances which have seen him linked with a move to Barcelona amongst many other top European clubs.
Osimhen has been a revelation for Lille this season, and has used his physical strength and speed to dominate defenders. He is also a great finisher who possesses a plethora of abilities on the ground and in the air.
He has scored 13 goals in 22 appearances across all competitions and was voted the best player in the French league in September.
He is currently valued at about 50 million pounds and has definitely already done enough to earn himself a move to a bigger team.