If the Super Eagles are to qualify from the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group D comprising of Croatia, Iceland and Argentina, the duo of Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho must come to the party, reports Futbalgalore.com.
With their scientific form against Argentina in the 4-2 friendly win in November 2017 in a 3-5-2 formation, one could be tempted to tip them to lead the line for the Eagles in Russia.
Between them, they have scored 12 goals for the Super Eagles.
What is most interesting is how they have been deployed. Iwobi, the stronger of the pair, has been used as a back-to-goal reference in the attacking-midfield role, with Iheanacho working the full width of the pitch ahead of him.
Majority of Eagles do not see Odion Ighalo as the traditional lone striker, there is no reason why Iheanacho can’t perform role, with Iwobi acting as the initial focal point just behind.
These are the kinds of solutions Gernot Rohr will be forced to seek if his side are to again compete in the tough group.
However if well utilised, Iwobi’s adaptability and reliably strong performance are likely to prove key. He doesn’t always receive the plaudits he deserves in the general media, but within the team, few doubt his importance to the Super Eagles.