Should the Super Eagles be worried for the World Cup?

Should the Super Eagles be worried for the World Cup?
From ESPN - March 6, 2018

Victor Moses's wild finish against Manchester City on Sunday summed up the wideman's frustrations in recent fixtures, and encapsulated the struggles of the Super Eagles' key players around the world.

Indeed, with less than 100 days to go before the World Cup kicks off, too many of Nigeria's star performers are delivering sub-par showings, falling short of their regular standards, or sidelined at their club sides.

Nigeria's preparations, on the surface, may appear serene, but Gernot Rohr's side are hardly gathering momentum as the tournament approaches.

Moses remains the team's most naturally gifted player, and his fine performances during the qualifying campaign - as he carried over the momentum from his unexpected renaissance at Chelsea - were a joy to behold.

However, the attacker's overall output in a Blues jersey this term has prompted concern, with his statistics declining amidst a broader malaise at Stamford Bridge.

Fatigue - a natural consequence of Moses's demanding duties after 18 months as the Pensioners' right wing-back - is a very real threat, and one that ought to be of grave concern to Rohr.

Youngsters Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi have been tipped as the future of Nigeria football, and they represent the figureheads of the German coach's new young Super Eagles team, but both are in the midst of troubled campaigns.

However, the former has flopped at Leicester City after moving from Manchester City before the season - he's yet to break his duck in the top flight and has only started three Premier League games all season.

Will the 21-year-old - arguably Nigeria's chief goal threat - be able to pick himself up from his toil in the East Midlands to thrive in Russia?

Iwobi has not fared much better in North London, and could be fighting for his future at Arsenal next season on the evidence of his disappointing displays for the Gunners.


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