Football keeps evolving everyday. Once upon a time , goalscoring was majorly the responsibility of center forwards, while wingers like Samuel Chukwueze will be comfortable providing the assists.
A lot has changed . In today’s game, goals come from everywhere, defenders score , midfielders , wingers , everybody .
Coaches like Pep Guardiola have gone to the extent of playing a false ‘9’ system ( without a recognized center forward ). This means , everyone must be effective when presented with goalscoring opportunities .
The subject of this article is to show the goal scoring record of 23 year old Nigerian winger Samuel Chukwueze and how more effectiveness in front of goal will raise his rating as one of the most exciting youngsters in world football .
Samuel Chukwueze was spotted by Villarreal scouts while starring for Nigeria’s Under 17 team in 2015.
A move did not happen until 2017 when he was signed from Diamond Football Academy and assigned to Villarreal’s Juvenile A side .
In 2018 , Chukwueze finally got his Villarreal first team debut vs Glasgow Rangers in the UEFA Europa League .
At the time , Samuel Chukwueze was a raving youngster with spotlight on him to become the next Arjen Robben due to their similar skillset .
His performances with Villarreal earned then 19 year old Samuel Chukwueze a first Super Eagles call-up in October 2018 . His first start coming in November 2018 vs Uganda .
His comparison with Dutch legend Arjen Robben for his ability to drive with the ball , cut in on his left foot and shoot on goal will when effective, produce a lot of goals .
His goal in Villarreal’s 4-3 UEFA Europa Conference League matchday one win on Thursday 8th September 2022 was his 37th Career goal .
Villarreal B – 4
Villarreal – 26
Nigeria Super Eagles – 4
Golden Eaglets – 3
( Stats per transfrmarkt ).
WHAT MORE GOALS WILL DO FOR SAMUEL CHUKWUEZE
Modern day Football managers are so obsessed with the average goal and assist return of Wingers .
For Chukwueze who is valued at £20 million by Villarreal , scoring more goals will shoot his rating to the heights of his contemporaries Bukayo Saka (Arsenal) and Jadon Sancho (Manchester United) .
The Nigerian wingers talent ranks in this category with the English duo boosting only of more game time and goals average .
Had the proposed move to Everton in the just concluded European transfer window sailed through , Samuel Chukwueze would have had the opportunity to test his skills in the world’s most followed league the EPL .
Maybe an opportunity of more game time to his current substitute role in Unai Emery’s Villarreal team for the Nigerian international .
Chukwueze has come off the bench in all four La Liga appearances this season . His start in the Europa league game on Thursday produced a goal , his second of the season following his strike in the qualifying rounds .
If he scores more consistently , Unai Emery will have no option than to dump his current substitute tag and hand him a starting spot in the Villarreal XI.
Add more game minutes and goals to Samuel Chukwueze , then the world will appreciate more the immense talent of this lad whose explosive pace , direct approach and dribbles ranks amongst the best in world football at the moment .
Maybe like Arjen Robben, the more experience he gets the better he will become in the art of goalscoring which is the only key area that when added will see him blossom into one of the greatest wingers in the world .