Super Eagles eligible Chuba Akpom has received praises from Former Manchester United Midfielder Micheal Carrick following his hat-trick for Boro in the 4-1 win over Wigan.
In the English Championship game decided on Monday December 26, 2022, Akpom took his tally for the season to 12 goals with his first professional hat-trick.
Middlesbrough manager Micheal Carrick is impressed with the Arsenal Academy products performances and will be happy to see it stretch as they push for a championship playoffs spot.
Carrick said ” I am delighted for Chuba, he’ll get the headlines and rightly so because he’s a huge threat at the moment for us and is getting his rewards in front of goal.
” He is getting the chances and putting them away and could have had one or two on another day. But it’s more about his performances and what he brings to the team, his link up play and taking up clever positions that give other people space.” Carrick said.
The former Manchester United manager who was appointed head coach at Middlesbrough in October 2022 is hoping Akpom continues to fire like he is currently doing to help the clubs push for at least a place in the Championship playoffs.
The win over Wigan takes Middlesbrough with two points of this target and Carrick is banking on Akpom to deliver the goals.
” Chuba is in a purple patch at the moment and hopefully it continues for a long time. ” He concluded.
Chuba Akpom holds a dual nationality as he was born in the United Kingdom to Nigerian parents.
The forward represented England at Youth level but in 2019 declared he wants to play for the Super Eagles of Nigeria at full international level.
If he continues to bag the goals, Akpom could finally get the call-up to represent Nigeria, the Eagles struggling in 2022 and in need of a revival under Portuguese Manager Jose Paseiro.