Love him or hate him, it’s hard to take your eyes off Simy Nwankwo writes Futbalgalore.com.
Every now and then one of those players that pushes the gap between opposing fans further apart comes along. When that player is with you, he’s the greatest asset your club has. When he’s against you, he’s the most irritating individual in football.
In this case, the player in question is Super Eagles newly invited striker Simy Nwankwo.
Stroll down to Crotone these days and one name is sung louder than all the others, is on the back of more replica shirts than all the others and is talked about more than all the others. It’s of course the 26-year-old Simy.
The thing with him is, there is lots to admire. He’s a hard worker who runs himself into the ground for the team, and plays with the same energy and spirit in the 90th minute that he did in the first. Simy though, is no headless chicken.
He was one of the most decisive players in Italian Serie A at the home stretch in the 2017/18 season, creating a high volume of chances for his teammates and weighing in goals.
After all, though, he is a striker and is required to score goals – with seven from 23 appearances.
With the Super Eagles needing a trusted goal poacher for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Simy fits the bill and could be the banger.
He works the channels and looks to cut inside on his opponent but also operates on the last defender’s shoulder. Off the ball he shuts down opponents too, making life difficult when moving out of defence – it’s as if Simy has studied the late Rashidi Yekini’s every move. He’s a striker, but, well, not.
As long as he’s on that field, Crotone fans know they have a chance. He will hustle, work hard and score goals too. And as much as they’ll resist to admit it, opposing fans would love him in their team too. Why not the Super Eagles?