Maccabi Petah Tikva rave of the moment Jacob Njoku could have been turning out for Liverpool were it not for their hesitation in handing him a deal after a two weeks trial earlier in the year.
The FC Porto trainee scored a hattrick for Maccabi Petah Tikva in a 5-3 win over Beitar Tel Aviv few days ago, was also one of the most talk about teen during his only season in the UAE with Al-Oruoba last season.
Njoku was at Merseyside alongside three other Nigerians but while the club were impressed in his performance during trials. They were however cautious in offering him a professional contract.
Although they were interested in the 18 year old Liverpool wanted him to spend a season with Belgian side Sint Truiden popularly refereed to as STVV before they will formally offer him a professional deal.
” Liverpool proposed he go on loan to STVV in Belgium from where they will monitor his progress before deciding on a professional contract. Yes, we have faith in him but it was too risky a move. We rejected it politely and that is how he ended up in Israel” Alhaji Izul Arab told Owngoalnigeria.com.