Super Eagles Manager Gernot Rohr may have dispelled fears that his purported recall of Odion Ighalo to the team might limit the growing influence of youngster Victor Osimhen as the coach suggested how else he could deploy the two forwards in his starting line-up.
Osimhen has perfectly slotted in the Number 9 role after Ighalo retired from international football last African Cup of Nations. The youngster has scored four times in as many games for the Eagles and Nigerians are gradually forgetting about Ighalo’s sudden exit from the team.
However, the coach has said he is talking to Ighalo with a view to convincing him to come out of international retirement after the forward secured a shocking move to Manchester United last month.
This move has attracted mixed reactions; while some pundits believe Ighalo’s Eagles return would add more quality to the team, others are of the opinion that it could stunt the growth of youngsters especially Osimhen who has stepped into his shoes.
Osimhen saw only 45 minutes of action at the last AFCON when he came on for Ighalo in the team’s third place victory over Tunisia and some pundits have now feared the coach would still prefer the new Man United man if he comes back.
However, in an interview with French daily Sud Ouest, Rohr said Osimhen could play in either side of the wings thereby freeing up a space in the centre of the attack.
“I play with real wingers, Samuel Kalu, Moses Simon or Samuel Chukwueze. Victor Oshimen can play as well as a winger.
“It’s an interesting organization to combine with the left or right back on the wings, center,” he said