Sunday Feb 02, 2014. 14:47
AfricanFootball.com runs the rule on the top five winter transfers
involving Nigeria players
5. Kelechi Iheanacho (Taye Academy to Manchester City)
The 2013 FIFA U17 World Cup MVP has sealed a-four-year-deal with
Manchester City. This should be a move that will turn around his career for
better as he will be developed to get ready for the bigger challenge when he
What to expect: He is a long-term investment and has the quality
to be one of the best of his trade in the world, but his development has to be
gradual and not rushed. He should be ready for the big stage in a couple of
4. Obinna Nsofor (Lokomotiv Moscow to Chievo Verona)
The Nigeria forward returns to his former club on loan from
Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow, where he has not been a regular.
Chievo are desperate for goals and Nsofor could provide that for
them to stay up in the Italian Serie A.
What to expect: He will enjoy a better run in the first team at
Chievo to further boost his chances of making the final cut for the 2014 World
Cup in June.
3. Osaze Odemwingie (Cardiff City to Stoke City)
The forward made a switch from Cardiff City to Stoke City and that
is a good move for him after he could not command regular football action at
What to expect: He should command a regular shirt at the Britannia
and so doing fight for a chance to get a recall to the Eagles ahead of Brazil
2. Joseph Yobo (Fenerbache to Norwich City)
The move by Nigeria most capped player to Norwich City in the EPL
is a right step in the right direction for the Fenerbahce defender who is
dreaming of hitting 100 caps before his retirement.
He was an important member of
Fenerbahce before he fell down the pecking order this season and needs to move
to save his career from a total crash.
What to expect: Having blossomed with Everton in
the EPL, Yobo should do well for Norwich in a terrain he know too well.
And then who would bet against him being on the plane to Brazil in the summer?
1. Elderson Echiejile (Sporting Braga to Monaco)
The left back's transfer from Sporting Braga(Portugal) to AS
Monaco (France) is the best move by any Nigeria player this winter transfer.
Elderson was an established
player with Braga and playing for a big team like Monaco will boost his profile
and offer him the chance to win major trophies at club level.
What to expect: He has started rather slowly at Monaco as he has
yet to make his league debut. Main rival Layvin Kurzawa remains top choice at
left back for Claudio Ranieri, but once he gets his chance, Elderson will take
it with both hands.