There are times when youngsters dream of playing in faraway Europe or alongside their childhood or youth heroes. In a proof to show their worth, they are usually enticed by deals and transfers that could make or mar their development. These transfers are in loans, swaps or tournament-clauses. African players fall in this category as they come from a continent where they are under-appreciated and they see overseas as their best destination for their development and livelihood.
The 21-year-old Nigerian forward is enjoying a breakout season at Lille after being signed as the replacement for Nicolas Pepe who left for English Premier League side Arsenal.
He adapted quickly to life in Ligue 1. Osimhen has netted 12 goals in 23 league outings so far and he is joint-fifth top scorer in the league.
He has since been linked with a host of heavyweights like Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona vying for his signature.
One of the outstanding defenders in the world right now is Upamecano who excels every weekend. The centre-back has been influential as title hopefuls Leipzig keep frustrating the dreams of Bayern Munich.
Upamecano is eligible to line up for Guinea-Bissau, but we expect him to represent France at senior level who has already featured for the U-21s.
Arsenal are understood to be keen on the centre-back who is valued at around €60 million.
The France youth international, Soumare, is eligible to represent Senegal at international and club level, and is destined for the European game.
Reported moves to Chelsea or Manchester United in the January window did not materialize for the ‘new Pogba’ but surely he will feature for a team bigger than LOSC Lille in the near future.
Soumare controls the ball at his feet, beats opponents with ease, and has already shown his quality in the UEFA Champions League.
Newcastle United failed with a £35 million bid during the winter window, and Arsenal, Liverpool or United, could return for the midfielder’s services during the summer.
There are reports in the British press that three Premier League heavyweights are keeping very close tabs on Villarreal winger, Chukwueze.
Just like Osimhen, he’s among the new Nigerian generation of exciting talent, and he’s already proved his class in the Spanish top flight where he has become the fear of opposition full-backs.
It would be fascinating to see how he’d progress under either Pep Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp at Manchester City or Liverpool respectively. Maybe, Frank Lampard’s young Chelsea side will be the best side for him.
Valued at £60 million, by Villarreal, he could be a bargain.
This article was written by Alex Ndace; he tweets via @AlexNdace