Arsenal and Super Eagles youngster Alex Iwobi has shown in recent weeks that he has what it takes to hold his own against the big boys at age 19 which according to reports from England has prompted the English FA to try and persuade the youngster to commit his future to England.
The 19-year old forward who is a nephew to one of Africa’s finest dribblers of all time Austin Okocha has 11 caps in total for England’s youth teams, all in non-competitive fixtures, and has played two friendlies for Nigeria. This means there is still an opportunity for him to change his mind and represent England.
The Mirror claim the FA are in a rush against time to prevent the forward from representing Nigeria in their upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double header against Egypt.
Iwobi without doubt possesses the talent to make it big in football and since i personally believe that the future of the Super Eagles lie in the hands of the young and upcoming stars, it is therefore pertinent that Siasia who was instrumental to Victor Moses’ resolve to play for the Eagles despite being poached by the Three Lions secure for the Eagles future yet another star in the making. Should Iwobi feature against Egypt for Nigeria on Friday, his future will be sealed.
Iwobi has started three of the north London side’s last four games, posting a commendable performance in Sapin against Barcelona in a UEFA Champions League fixture before scoring his first goal for the club in the 2-0 win over Everton on Saturday.
The Arsenal Academy product who is already in the camp of the Super Eagles in Abuja is in line to make his competitive debut THIS WEEK after being named in Nigeria’s squad for their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double header against Egypt, who they host this Friday before the away return next Tuesday. It could be recalled that Siasia who without doubt has an eye for young talent first handed Iwobi his first invitation to a Nigeria national team set-up at the U23 level.
Iwobi joined Arsenal while still at primary school, and signed a new long-term contract in October 2015. On 27 October 2015, he made his competitive debut for the club, starting in a 3–0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the Round of 16 of the League Cup.
He made his Premier League debut four days later in a 3–0 win against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, as an added-time substitute for Mesut Özil before starting in the first team for the 2015–16 FA Cup 3rd and 4th round home wins against Sunderland and Burnley respectively.