Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr should not bring Odion Ighalo back into the team, John Fashanu has said. He recently revealed that such a decision could make the current strikers depressed.
According to him, experience in football definitely counts, but it is clear that Ighalo’s time has gone and he should be left alone.
He added that Ighalo doesn’t deserve a spot right now based on his ability because there are players who are far better than him currently.
His words, “Experience in football counts but we don’t want to do anything to upset the young boys or make them a little bit depressed.”
“The only thing Ighalo has to offer to the national team is his experience, it is not his ability because there are players who are far better than him and we know that.”
“If Rohr wants to bring him in because he stabilizes the squad, it is fine. I remember when I was in my 30s and the manager kept bringing me back, it wasn’t because I was a great player but I gave the team confidence. And that might also be the reason why Rohr wants to bring him back but other than that his time is gone.”
“Ighalo is in his 30s and in Nigeria we have fantastic prospects that are fighting to get that spot but not all of them can make the squad.”
“If you keep playing the older players it is at the detriment of the younger players. It is high time we start seeing 17, 18-year-old geniuses in the national team.”
“Where there is no talent the coach may consider bringing him back but there are so many talents and it would be very wrong to bring him back at this stage.”
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