Villarreal winger Samu Chukwueze is a player with huge potential according to fellow Nigerian Semi Ajayi, who has described the Arsenal and Liverpool target as a bona fide ‘wonderkid’ during an Instagram Live session.
It is certainly an exciting time to be a Super Eagles fanatic.
In Alex Iwobi, Wilfred Ndidi, Victor Osimhen and more, Nigeria have the spine of a potentially fearsome side at their disposal but the best of the lot could be a sprightly young winger who has taken La Liga by storm over the last year or so.
Chukwueze exploded on to the scene during a 4-4 draw with Barcelona at the back end of the 2018/19 season. A man who was the subject of a £29 million bid from Liverpool in January (France Football) is certainly no stranger to dismantling an opposition back line.
Just ask Ajayi.
“He is a wonder-kid. I remember his first training session with Nigeria, he’s got called up and I have never seen him before, never played with him before,” the West Brom defender reminisces.
“I’m on the B team, and Samuel Chukwueze is in my team and he destroyed the whole first team on his own. He kept destroying them.
“The pitch was terrible, anyone that plays for Nigeria would tell you how bad the pitch is, you cannot dribble on it. (But) Chukwueze got the ball at his feet, dribbling around people as it’s nothing, like he’s playing at Old Trafford.
“That day I said who is this kid? He has been in the squad ever since and doing well in La Liga as well.”
According to France Football, Chukwueze is valued at a staggering £55 million, meaning Liverpool will have to break the bank if they are to return for him when the summer window opens.
They are not the only Premier League giant expressing an interest, however. Santi Cazorla let the cat out of the bag somewhat when he told Marca recently that Arsenal had been asking him about his Villarreal teammate.
Then again, with the transfer market likely to be affected substantially by this unprecedented era, the smart money is on Chukwueze staying in Spain and honing his talents on the Castellon coast for another 12 months.