There appears to be many different players that could fill the Attacking Midfielder positions in AFCON 2019 listed below are who I expect to be some of the top candidates.
The position of attacking Midfielder is quite the opposite. The Attacking Midfielder, also known as the classic “number 10” is an incredibly important position which is oftentimes reserved for the best “playmaker” on the team. The attacking midfielder controls the pace of the game and acts as a facilitator between the defensive and offensive players. A team can have gifted strikers, but without the proper facilitator these players will be underutilized and mostly ineffective. The ideal attacking midfielder would be a master of football fundamentals, play with great intelligence, be an undisputed leader, have great vision, possess a wide range of passing skills, remain composed on the ball at all times, and have the ability to score goals when the opportunity presents itself.
Listed below are the players that I see as the likely options for the Attacking Midfielder position for the Super Eagles in Egypt 2019.
John Obi Mikel (Unattached)
Obi is a physically gifted player that is an aerial threat, posses a great work rate, and is a true box to box midfielder. At Chlesea, it was as a defensive midfielder that Obi was employed. Although he was not accustomed to playing as a defensive midfielder; he proved to be a very capable box to box midfielder. Obi is a highly gifted athlete that is a great dribbler, an effective passer, possesses great pace, and has a high work rate. At AFCON 2019; it is as an attacking midfielder that he will likely be utilized at most frequently. He excels in tight spaces, is technically gifted, proficient with both feet, remains composed on the ball, is a great passer, and is a threat shooting from the outside.
Alex Iwobi (Arsenal)
Alex Iwobi rose through the Arsenal youth ranks. He a true box to box midfielder that plays with maturity, remains composed on the ball, possesses superior passing skills, has a dangerous long range shot, and covers a great deal of ground. Iwobi has all the tools necessary to be a future superstar. Although Iwobi has played extensively as a winger he does possess the necessary skills to also play in an attacking role. He possesses versatility and ability to command the space between the midfield and attack. Iwobi is a player that has great pace, plays with intelligence, possesses great ball control, is a gifted passer, and his effective runs makes him a goal scoring threat from the midfield. If his development continues he will certainly be an important piece for the Eagles moving forward.