While Nigeria’s attacking options are plentiful, particularly in the wide areas, one thing they have been lacking is a traditional target man. Enter Simeon Nwankwo. The 26-year-old has hit form at the perfect point, having scored six goals in his final eight games of the season for Crotone in Italy’s Serie A.
Coach Gernot Rohr had declared he was looking for a “ram” to provide variety up top and Nwankwo, who stands 6ft 6ins, looks to be the man to fill that hole in the Super Eagles’ 23-man pool. Despite never having received a call-up prior to their provisional squad, 90 minutes in his debut versus Congo DR was enough to convince the German tactician of his worth to the team.