Nigeria chasing another Chelsea youngster, Ike Ugbo

Nigeria chasing another Chelsea youngster, Ike Ugbo

Nigeria is interested in another budding Chelsea youngster, Ike Ugbo. Ugbo, a striker, has caught the eye with his sterling performances this season.

The 21-year-old striker has been in impressive form on loan in Holland. As a matter of fact, he has scored five goals in eight matches for Roda JC.

Reports monitored in England indicate that officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) were at a game against Telstar on Friday night. The officials were on hand to watch Ugbo in action and are stepping up their interest in him.

Meanwhile, the interest in Ugbo comes after Nigeria also pursued another Chelsea duo. Striker Tammy Abraham and defender, Fikayo Tomori, were on the radar of the Nigerian football authorities for a long time. However, they have both been recently included in the England squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.

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Red-hot striker, Tammy Abraham has previously played for England but only in friendlies. This means that he remains eligible to play for Nigeria until he plays for England in a competitive fixture. The striker is in a rich vein of form this season.

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He has scored eight goals in the Premier League. His eight goals see him level on the top-scorers’ chart with Manchester City forward, Sergio Aguero.

On the other hand, Tomori has represented Canada, the country of his birth, at Under-20 level. However, he is also eligible to play for Nigeria, who very much wanted him to commit to them.

“It wasn’t England all the way. I had certain people and certain things that I had to consider. I spoke to my family and people that I care about and that’s the decision I came to. So when England came calling, it was difficult to say no.

“England is obviously such a big nation, as well as Nigeria and Canada coming up. So, I think I was going to be happy with whoever called me up, but it’s nice it is England.”

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