Paul Onuachu and the Super Eagles: To be or not to be ?

KRC Genk forward, Paul Onuachu has been a subject of criticism in the Super Eagles yet again, as fans continue to insist that he doesn’t replicate his performances at club level for Nigeria.

Onuachu had a brilliant debut for the Super Eagles in a pre AFCON friendly against Egypt in 2019. In that game, he scored a wonderful goal assisted by John Ogu and performed really well on the night. His unmissable height, standing at 6 feet and 7 inches, also caused fans to compare him with a Nigerian great, Nwankwo ‘Papilo’ Kanu.

However it’s incredible how quickly ones fortunes can change in football. Following his debut game against Egypt, Onuachu hasn’t found it easy to please Nigerian fans.

No doubt, the stats are there to show that the 26 year old is a good striker. From his days at Midtjylland in Denmark, he has been a hit man, and he’s continued to show it at his current club, KRC Genk.

In the 2020/2021 Belgian Jupiler Pro League season so far, Onuachu has scored seven goals in seven games, which earned him a call up to the national team for the friendlies against Algeria and Tunisia.

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The Super Eagles boss, Gernot Rohr recently said that Paul doesn’t play the Super Eagles way and the team wouldn’t change to suit him.

“The team must not have to adapt to a player’s game. The player must adapt to our style of play, and that is what Onuachu has to do. Our defenders and midfielders equally have the opportunities to give long balls to him and in the air, he is very strong; this is a new opportunity for us but he has to adapt his own game on ours.”

“We play on the ground, we don’t want to play all the time in the air, but our wingers can give good crosses and he can be interesting with his head”

In Friday’s 0-1 defeat to Algeria, Onuachu had another quiet game, failing to link up effectively with his midfield teammates. This again led to widespread criticism from Nigerian fans and raises more questions about his ‘fit’ in the Super Eagles setup.

Should Gernot Rohr be looking to adapt his style to accommodate Onuachu ? Is this an unfortunate Mismatch that cannot be resolved ? Leave a comment or reaction below.

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