Highly respected Dutch agent Erik Patrick has slammed the attitude of most players of the World Youth Championship 2015 winning team of Nigeria, labelling their taste of clubs as outrageous.
So far only six players from the team have secured moves abroad, while their captain Kelechi Nwakali and forward Orji Okonkwo are the only ones playing professional football in the Netherlands and Italy.
Okonkwo has made the biggest leap so far among the lot as he has played in the Serie A for Bologna, even though Nwakali fine form for Dutch side MVV Maastricht has earned him plaudits, they are in the second division in Holland.
Injury and fitness issues have delayed star forward Victor Osimhen from making his debut for Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, and according to Patrick their teammates all want to move to top clubs like the aforementioned trio.
” Recently I tried taking one of the boys to Slovenia but the numbers the club were quoting as transfer fee is unbelievable. They all want to move to Arsenal, Wolfsburg or Bologna like Osimhen, Orji and Nwakali. It’s crazy”, Patrick told Owngoalnigeria.com.
” I won’t mention names but most of them are driven by money even their family members view them like gold mines. I am seriously afraid most of them won’t progress unless to accept to start small and grow big”.