Ex-U-17 Star: Troost-Ekong Is Overrated, Leon Balogun Is The Real Deal


Former Nigeria U-17 World Cup winner Daniel Joshua says Super Eagles defender William Troost-Ekong is suspect despite his fine performances for the team in their recent qualifiers.

Ekong has formed a formidable partnership with Leon Balogun in the heart of Nigeria’s defence, but Joshua who won the U-17 World Cup for Nigeria in 2007 as a defender believes Balogun is the brain behind the success of the duo.

” Troost-Ekong is good in his own right but I think he is suspect, he is not entirely convincing with the ball at his feet. Painful to say but I think he is overrated,” he told Owngoalnigeria.com.

” Balogun is the real deal, a complete footballer, good with or without the ball. He is a defender’s defender while Troost-Ekong is a cultured, old school centre back, pace, power and aerial ability. No real finesse.

” They are working well anyway. I like the nickname “Oyibo Wall”, it gives their partnership confidence to do more. But a suitable back-up is needed for the duo. Gernot Rohr would be worried in the event of one getting injured”.