Sadiq Umar emerges as potential signing for Villareal

Following his scintillating performances which aided Almeria’s promotion to La Liga last season, Sadiq is wanted by top European teams.

Sadiq Umar emerges as potential signing for Villareal

La Liga Santander side, Villarreal CF have joined the list of teams expressing interest in Super Eagles’ striker, Umar Sadiq.

Following his scintillating performances which aided UD Almeria’s promotion into the Spanish first division last season, Sadiq is being wanted by top european teams.

The 25-year-old has made 76 appearances for the Rojiblancos and scored 38 goals.

The former AS Roma youngster has also drawn interest from Spanish teams, Sevilla and Valencia as well as Portuguese powerhouse Benfica and Eredivisie winners Ajax Amsterdam.

Villarreal on the other hand have received a bid for Arnaut Danjuma, from Premier League club West Ham United and with Sadiq bookmarked as a potential replacement.

According to the Spanish newspaper Relevo, Almeria would demand €20 million for the player.

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Sadiq Umar goal vs UD Amorebiata

Sadiq Umar nets his seventeenth goal of the season.

Sadiq Umar goal vs UD Amorebiata

Sadiq Umar wrapped up the scoring for UD Almeria in their 3-0 Spanish Segunda Division victory over UD Amorebiata.

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Sadiq Umar named La Liga Smartbank Player of The Month

The 25-year old found the back of the net five times and provided two assists in four games, to win maximum points for Almeria.

Sadiq Umar named La Liga Smartbank Player of The Month

Through the month of February, the lanky forward was always getting a goal involvement. He became unstoppable in the La Liga SmartBank division.

Super Eagles and UD Almeria’s striker, Umar Sadiq has won the La Liga SmartBank Player of the Month award for February. It is a testament to his exploits that helped Almeria go unbeaten in February 2022.

Since his return from AFCON, Umar has single-handedly pushed the Andalusian club’s promotion chase.

Almeria had failed to impress in his absence, claiming just one point from a possible fifteen.

The 25-year old found the back of the net five times and provided two assists in four games, to win maximum points for Almeria in February.

Sadiq Umar named La Liga Smartbank Player of the Month
Sadiq Umar wins La Liga Smartbank Player of the Month Award

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Nigerian Team of the Week (Feb 25-28, 2022)

The last game week in February has come to an end, here’s the EaglesTracker Nigerian Team of the Week for this past weekend of action.

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Nigerian Team of the Week (Feb 25-28, 2022)

The last game week in the month of February has come to an end, here’s the EaglesTracker Nigerian Team of the Week for this past weekend of action.

Goalkeeper – Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam FC)

Maduka Okoye’s heroics could not save his side, Sparta Rotterdam from a 2-1 defeat to Dutch giants PSV in the Dutch Eredivisie on Sunday. Maduka made seven saves and had a pass success rate of 60%.

Left Centre Back – Calvin Bassey (Rangers FC)

Despite a disappointing 2-2 draw, Calvin had a decent performance as he helped the Gers secure a point at the Ibrox. He also did great in stoppage time by stopping a dangerous Motherwell counter-attack.

Centre Back – Valentine Ozornwafor (Royal Charleroi Sporting Club)

In the heart of defence, Valentine was imperious as his side, Royal Sporting Charleroi ran out 3-0 winners over KV Beerschot in the Belgian Pro League. Whenever the Nigerian plays, he brings stability to the Charleroi defence.

Right Centre Back – Ayo Obileye (Livingston FC)

Ayo Obileye equally had a good shift in the Scottish Professional Football League as his side, Livingston FC picked up maximum points away at Dundee FC.

Obileye was on for the entire duration of the game, made five clearances and blocked a shot

Right Midfield – Anthony Nwakaeme (Trabzonspor FC)

The Nigerian international was a thorn in the flesh of Kayserispor as he led league-leading Trabzonspor team to stage a 3-2 comeback victory.

Anthony Nwakaeme assisted Djaniny to level the scores before scoring a stoppage time winner via the penalty spot.

The Nigerian delivered his 9th assist and 9th goal of the Turkish Super Lig this season. 

Centre Midfield – Alhassan Yusuf (Royal Antwerp FC)

The 21-year-old Nigeria international was the shining light in a Royal Antwerp team that crumbled 4-1 to Club Brugge last weekend. He was on for the entirety of the game, having a pass rate of 92%, 1 key pass, 3 accurate long balls, won 7 out of 9 duels and made 4 tackles.

Centre Midfield – Abdul Ajagun (Al Hilal Omduran FC)

The former Nigerian youth International played 90 minutes and ran the show for his side in the 2-1 loss to Al-Merrikh. Despite him ending up on the losing side, the Nigerian was superb as he got a 7.7 match rating. 

Left Midfield – Noah Bazee (Augsburg FC)

Former Super Eagles invitee, Noel Sarenren Bazee was the hero for Augsburg as he scored a 75th-minute equaliser to rescue a 1-1 draw against Borussia Dortmund.

It was the first goal the Nigeria international has netted in 13 appearances, all as a substitute.

Left Forward – Sadiq Umar (UD Almeria)

Super Eagles new boy Sadiq Umar, was in a sensational mood when Almeria took on Fuenlabrada in the La Liga Smartbank.

He scored one goal and assisted another to lead Almeria to a 3-1 victory over Fuenlabrada, moving them to the top of the Segunda league in their pursuit of promotion to La Liga.

Right Forward – Tolu Arokodare (Amiens SC)

Former Golden Eaglets invitee, Tolu Arokodare, bagged two goals this past weekend for his French employers. Amiens defeated Nimes 3-0 in the French Ligue 2 on Saturday evening.

The lanky striker scored his goals in the 68th and 84th minutes respectively. His brace takes his league tally to seven in a total of 22 matches.

Centre Forward – Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk)

Super Eagles forward, Paul Onuachu scored the first goal and assisted the second as Genk defeated Kortrijk 2-0.

The lanky forward maintained his excellent form as he assisted his team in their recovery from last week’s setback.

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Red-hot Sadiq Umar sends UD Almeria top of La Liga Smartbank

His goal and assist propelled UD Almeria to a 3-1 win over CF Fuenlabrada.

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Super Eagles and UD Almeria’s star, Umar Sadiq, put in a commendable shift once again in the La Liga Smartbank for UD Almeria on Friday night.

His goal and assist propelled the Red and Whites to a 3-1 win over CF Fuenlabrada as they go top of the league table.

The 2016 Olympics bronze medalist was unplayable from start to finish.

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He played a key role in the opening goal of the game as he shrugged off his marker to pick out Arnau Puigmal who shot past the goalkeeper. 

Sadiq Umar in action against CD Fuenlabrada
Sadiq Umar in action against CD Fuenlabrada.
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Fuenlabrada were however resilient as they got back on leveled terms three minutes later.

In the second half, Puigmal turned provider for the 25-year-old to restore Almeria’s lead on 65 minutes.

Sadiq had the most dribbles (2), created the most chances (4), and made the most key passes (3).

The lanky forward has been involved in 20 goals (13 goals and 7 assists) in 24 matches for Almeria this season.

Since returning from AFCON 2021, he has now scored five (5) goals in his last four (4) matches for the club.

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Sadiq Umar goal vs CF Fuenlabrada

Sadiq Umar scores his 13th league goal of the season.

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Sadiq Umar goal vs CF Fuenlabrada

Sadiq Umar scores his 13th league goal of the season in UD Almeria’s 3-2 Spanish La Liga Smartbank victory over CF Fuenlabrada.

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Sadiq Umar goal vs CF Fuenlabrada

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Nigerian Team of the Week (Feb 18-21, 2022)

As the month of February draws to an end, here’s the EaglesTracker Nigerian Team of the Week for this past weekend of action.

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Nigerian Team of the Week (Feb 18-21, 2022)

As the month of February draws to an end, here’s the EaglesTracker Nigerian Team of the Week for this past weekend of action.

Goalkeeper – Jerry Isaac (MFM FC)

Enyimba could not get a win for a dominant and spirited performance as it ended 1-1 against MFM FC at the Enyimba Stadium on Saturday evening. Jerry Isaac was a rock between the post for MFM as he made several saves in the game including a powerful header from substitute Godwin Emmanuel inside the box in the 81st minute. 

Left Centre Back – Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto)

Sanusi had a beautiful performance as he helped FC Porto secure a hard-fought 1-0 victory away at Moreirense.

The win helped the Dragons maintained their lead as table toppers with 63 points, that’s 6 points better than second place Sporting Lisbon.

Zaidu Sanusi of FC Porto in action during the Liga Portugal Bwin match between Moreirense FC and FC Porto at Parque de Jogos Comendador Joaquim de Almeida Freitas on February 20, 2022 in Moreira de Conegos, Portugal. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)
Zaidu Sanusi of FC Porto in action during the Liga Portugal Bwin match between Moreirense FC and FC Porto at Parque de Jogos Comendador Joaquim de Almeida Freitas on February 20, 2022 in Moreira de Conegos, Portugal. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)
Centre Back – Calvin Bassey (Rangers FC)

At the left-hand side of the defence, Calvin was brilliant as his Scottish side Rangers FC came from a goal down to share the spoils away at Dundee United. 

In the 1-1 to draw, Calvin provided the assist to Joe Aribo ‘s equaliser.

Right Centre Back – Ayo Obileye (Livingston FC)

Ayo Obileye equally had a good shift in the Scottish Professional Football League as his side Livingston FC picked up one point at home to St Mirren.

Obileye before being subbed off in the 75th ensured the opposition attack had nothing to feed on.

Left Midfield – Moses Simon (FC Nantes)

The Nigerian international was a delight to watch on Saturday evening as he terrorised the Parisians on the road to a stunning home win

Nantes winger Moses Simon set a new assist-landmark after providing the opening goal in his side’s 3-1 victory over Paris St-Germain yesterday.

Moses delivered his 7th assist of the French Ligue 1 season. 

Centre Midfield – Joe Aribo (Rangers FC)

The 25-year-old Nigeria international rescued a point for the Gers against the Terrors at Tannadice Park after he scored in the 76th minute to cancel out Ross Graham’s 29th-minute opener.

Aribo has now scored seven top-flight goals for the Gers from 25 appearances, and his latest display has left many fans with mixed feelings.

Centre Midfield – Innocent Bonke (Lorient FC)

Innocent Bonke played 90 minutes of his side’s 0-1 loss to Montpellier. Despite him ending up on the losing side, the Nigerian was superb as he got a 7.0 rating. 

Right Midfield – Ademola Lookman (Leicester City FC)
Ademola Lookman goal vs Wolves
FEBRUARY 20: Ademola Lookman of Leicester City scores their team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City at Molineux on February 20, 2022 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Nigerian winger Ademola Lookman followed up his good outing in the Europa League where he bagged an assist with another impressive display for Leicester City on Sunday in the Premier League.

He scored his club’s sole goal in the 2-1 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers. 

Left Forward – Emmanuel Dennis (Watford)

Emmanuel Dennis’s late header saw struggling Watford win 1-0 at Aston Villa as Roy Hodgson recorded his first win in charge of the Hornets.

The visitors’ hopes of staying in the Premier League had largely been written off by most after a dreadful recent run had seen them lose 10 of their last 12 games in all competitions heading to Villa Park – a sequence of results that had led to Hodgson’s arrival at the club

Right Forward – Anthony Nwakaeme (Trabzonspor)STAR OF THE WEEK

Anthony Nwakaeme returned to scoring form as he netted two goals in Trabzonspor’s 4-0 win away to Chidozie Awaziem’s in the Turkish Super Lig on Sunday. 

Centre Forward – Sadiq Umar (UD Almeria)

Nigeria international Umar Sadiq continued with his goal-scoring form in Spain after he grabbed two goals in Almeria’s 2-1 Segunda Division victory against Mirandes on Saturday.

Sadiq Umar goals vs Mirandes
FEBRUARY 20: Sadiq Umar celebrates his first goal against CD Mirandes. Photo Credit: La Liga Smartbank

The 25-year-old attacker grabbed the opener in the 69th minute before adding the second in the 72nd minute. Though Sergio Camello reduced the deficit for the away side in the added minutes, it was Almeria who held on to pick up their third straight victory in the league.

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Sadiq Umar goals vs Mirandes

Sadiq Umar scores his fourth goal in the past three matches

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Sadiq Umar goals vs Mirandes

Sadiq Umar scores a well-taken brace to lead UD Almeria to a 2-1 victory over Mirandes.

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Sadiq Umar goals vs Mirandes

Sadiq Umar 1st goal vs Mirandes
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Sadiq Umar grabs brace to keep UD Almeria’s promotion hopes alive

The Super Eagles forward continued his impressive goalscoring form to power the Rojiblancos past CD Mirandes.

Sadiq Umar grabs brace to keep UD Almeria’s promotion hopes alive

Sadiq Umar reached double figures in the La Liga Smartbank on Sunday evening.

The Super Eagles forward continued his impressive goalscoring form to power the Rojiblancos past CD Mirandes.

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Saidq had now scored 10 goals and recorded 8 assists in the la liga Smartbank this season

Heading into the game, Sadiq had scored two goals and creating one in his last two outings to shoulder the Rojiblancos’ aspirations of securing a return to the Spanish elite division.

He scored in the 68th and 71st minute respectively before Sergio Canelo dispatched a late penalty to reduce the deficit. 

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Sadiq Umar goals vs Alcorcon

Sadiq Umar scored a well-taken brace to help UD Almeria record a big victory over AD Alcorcon. Watch the goals.

Sadiq Umar goals vs Alcorcon

Sadiq Umar scored a well-taken brace to help UD Almeria record a big victory over AD Alcorcon.

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Sadiq Umar goals vs Alcorcon

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