Sunday Mar 07, 2021. 12:00
KRC Genk’s Paul Onuachu is the best current Nigerian striker, according to former Wimbledon and Aston Villa player John Fashanu.
The 26-year-old Onuachu is enjoying a prolific season in the Belgian top flight, having racked up 24 goals and two assists in 28 appearances.
Fashanu, who was eligible to represent Nigeria in his playing career, has praised the lanky centre-forward for his fine goalscoring form for the Luminus Arena outfit this season.
“He is the best Nigerian striker right now, the record speaks for itself,” Fashanu told the Punch.
“His record states he is the best Nigerian striker for now. Something else might happen tomorrow, but for now, he is certainly the best.”
Fashanu adds that Onuachu deserves a chance to showcase his skills for the Super Eagles – even though he has struggled to establish himself in Gernot Rohr’s team in the past.
“You can’t overlook him for the AFCON [Africa Cup of Nations] qualifiers. If you’re the best in one position, you deserve to be selected; you deserve to have a spot,” he continued.
“As it goes for every top footballer when you’re the best, you have to be given that opportunity because you might not have it later on and I will be surprised if Onuachu doesn’t get invited for the AFCON qualifiers.”
Nigeria will face Benin and Lesotho in their remaining Group L qualifiers later this month, needing only one more win to secure a spot at the finals in Cameroon next year.