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Abdullahi Happy To Join Bursaspor’s Pre-season Programme After World Cup Break

Abdullahi Happy To Join Bursaspor’s Pre-season Programme After World Cup Break

By Adeboye Amosu:

Super Eagles defender Shehu Abdullahi is delighted to return to training with Turkish club, Bursaspor, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Abdullahi was granted an extended break by the club after representing Nigeria at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

He made one appearance for the Super Eagles at the competition playing the entire 90 minutes in their  2-0 loss to Croatia.

“Feels great to be back training with my teammates ahead of the new season! Preseason in full effect 🐊 @BursasporSk,” reads a tweet on his official Twitter handle.

The 25-year-old who linked up with Bursaspor in January  from Cypriot club Anorthosis Famagusta, made 14 league appearances in the Turkish top flight last season.

Bursaspor will kick-off their campaign in the new season with an away game against Fenerbahce on August 11.

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  • I can already hear my fellow fans saying “crucify him!” for the point I am about to make but I actually think that Shehu Abdullahi was, overall, a decent right-back for Nigeria this last world cup season and I see no reason why he should not continue being number one in that position when we adopt a back-four formation moving forward.

    You see, the problem is that from the likes of Yusuf Mohammed, Chidi Odiah and Efe Ambrose, the right-back position for the Super Eagles has been a sort of ‘poisoned chalice’ over the past 10 years with no player being able to convincingly make the position their own for a reasonable length of time.

    Also, I think that fans appear to judge Shehu from the lenses of Ebuehi which gives a distorted view of Shehu’s true worth. Yes, Ebuehi has this elegance to his play and his positioning as a wing-back in a back-five formation are attributes that Shehu does not have in his game simply because they are two different types of players.

    I will pick Ebuehi in a 5-3-2 formation but will pick Shehu in a 4-3-3 formation in which support from the back is expected to come more from the left. Shehu is a brute at tackling and has mastered the art of shielding the ball with his body in a way that leads to him being fouled and not him as the culprit.

    Added to the fact that Shehu is a natural defensive midfielder is that fact that he offers more option to the national team.

    So, when you assess Shehu, try to see him as the player he is rather that merely comparing him with another player with a different style and you just might appreciate what he 2014 CHAN bronze medallist brings to the party.