As the Super Eagles of Nigeria gear up for their upcoming Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers against Libya in October some players in the Nigerian team are struggling to get games at their respective clubs.
Owngoalnigeria.com Michael James takes a look at the players who have been inactive in terms of getting minutes in games since the commencement of the European league.
Bryan Idowu ( Lokomotiv Moscow) – Idowu joined the Russian champions after the World Cup as a free agent following the relegation of his former team Amkar Perm due to financial mismanagement.
Since making the switch, the Russian-Nigerian full back is yet to play in a competitive game after seven round of league games in Russia.
Kenneth Omeruo (Leganes) – His loan move from Chelsea to Leganes made brought instant excitement to fans of the Super Eagles, who were keen on seeing him play in another league bar the Turkish League where he had three different loan spells.
However, the move has since turned out not to be what many thought it will be in terms of his career development as after four rounds of game, bottom placed Leganes who have just one point are yet to give him any minute of competitive football this season.
Brown Ideye (Tianjin Teda) – Although his international future is unclear, Ideye is yet to officially communicate his resignation from the national team, hence our decision to have him in the list.
A dream move to China quickly turned into nightmare following his demotion to the reserve of the team. Despite playing for Malaga last season on loan he failed to rescue his World Cup hopes and even his career is in jeopardy since the start of the season.
Moses Simon (Levante) – Worked his way into the first team of Levante upon his arrival from Gent but injury and fitness issues saw him missed out on his debut for the team. Although he is back in training and available for their last two games, he wasn’t considered in the squad for both games.
Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto) – A super regular for French Ligue 1 side Nantes last season. Awaziem returned to Porto after his loan spell but in four league games they have played this season, the 21 year old has not played a single minute for the coach Sergio Conceicao led team.
Olarewaju Kayode (Shakhtar Donestk) – A highly successful loan spell during the second half of last season made the Ukrainian side to make his deal permanent this summer. However he has failed to match same height like he did during his loan spell with no game so far after eight round of games this season.