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Agu Makes Portuguese Team Of The Week Again

Agu Makes Portuguese Team Of The Week Again

Nigerian international Mikel Agu continues to receive rave reviews for his impressive form this season with another GoalPoint Team of the Week nomination despite his team Vitoria Setubal’s 3-1 loss at Portimonense where he got the consolation goal for his team at the weekend, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

GoalPoint Jornada, the authoritative statistical data website which is highly regarded in Portugal, rated Agu as Setubal’s most influential player in the match played at the Estadio de Portimao.

It is a second nomination this season for the FC Porto loanee who joined the Green and Whites on transfer deadline.

Mikel Agu Makes Portuguese Team Of The Week Again

Zenith Ziva

GoalPoint wrote thusly about Agu: “Mikel Agu (Vitória FC) 7.3 – The Sadinos were defeated in their visit to Portimão, but Agu deserved much more of the game.

The midfielder, Agu scored his team’s only goal, had three shots on target, two off-target, and at the back he made eight recoveries of possession, four interceptions and still won the four defensive air duels in which he participated.”

Sporting Braga, 4-0 winners over Fierense had four players on the list while Sporting, Moreirense, Porto, Portimonense, Aves, Sporting and Boavista had one nomination each in the 11-man list.

Agu has been an ever-present in the Vitoria Setubal team and last weekend’s game was his ninth straight start for Lito Vidigal’s team.

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  • Wow, another one! Awesome, dude!

    Mikel Agu is no doubt the undisputed MIP (most improved player) of the Super Eagles as the year slowly winds to a close.

    Like I once said, it isn’t how you started but how you finished that will be etched in the minds of fans and critics alike (who will now have no choice than to accept that their criticisms could have been premature and misplaced). Agu started the year slowly but he is finishing on a high.

    The performance speaks for itself :The midfielder, Agu scored his team’s only goal, had three shots on target, two off-target, and at the back he made eight recoveries of possession, four interceptions and still won the four defensive air duels in which he participated.

    Being offensively effective and defensively astute in a rugged league – really impressive, I never doubted Agu’s qualities for a second.

    There was a time when clamouring for Agu’s invitation to the national team will only attract digital eggs been thrown at you.

    If he continues in this form, I will be the first to clamour for his invitation to the national team.

    It will be interesting to see the sort of response I get…..

    • Greenturf 3 years ago

      It’s not a matter of clamouring for his invites deo fam,rather his subsequent invitations are assured based on merits and good relationship with the gaffer.
      Agu has distinguished himself most recently and just like you rightly said with good statistics has been the most improved super eagles and with a motm performances against shroud Uganda says it all.
      Our players are improving at the right time with just months away to the Afcon the likes of Onazi and compatriot Nwakeme who scored a sublime beauty away to Besiktas a Ronaldinho inspired goal.Agu Osimhen Chukwueze Ajayi and Uzoho are some of the vastly improved eagles heading to the nations cup and notable amongst them is Mikel Agu a dynamo in the midfield.It would be interesting when camping resumes for Afcon all this star players justling for 23 places is mind blowing can’t wait.

    • Bomboy 3 years ago

      He has never been high in my estimation of Super Eagles players, but I am already clamouring for his invitation. He deserves it based on his current form.

  • Players who have “blossomed since the world cup”:

    Uzoho, Ajayi, Collins, Aina, Agu, Iwobi, Onyekuru, Chukwueze, Ighalo, Osimhen, Kalu.

    Add these to Mikel Obi, Ndidi, Troost, Omeruo,a return to form for Onazi, a return to fitness for Ebuehi, and we have the basis for the Super Eagles if they all keep up their fitness and performance.

    We still need to find a second decent leftback and Central midfielder plus a decent second keeper.

    18 players at the top of their game, add two keepers that makes 20, a leftback and a central midfielder (makes 21).

    At this time the names above are more or less shoeins for squad places. With two spots available for John Ogu and most likely Balogun, then the squad is almost ready (as long as we can find the two missing pieces of the puzzle

    • Chai!! I no even mention Ahmed musa who always brings his game to the Super Eagles

    • In Akpeyi and Ezenwa, I genuinely believe we have decent goalkeepers.

      Now, don’t get me wrong; if Rohr and his scouts magically unearth a world class goalkeeper tomorrow, I will be the first to thank the heavens.

      You see, in recent weeks – and during the world cup – I have seen world class goalkeepers make some jaw-dropping blunders that have left me to conclude that all goalkeepers are potentially fallible.

      A case in point: if you watched Liverpool vs Man U over the weekend, the goal conceded by Liverpool’s world class goalkeeper Allison was shocking!

      All I am trying to say is that, in my view, in Uzoho, Akpeyi and Ezenwa, we have adequate goalkeepers. These 3 guys have bags of experience and can hold their own.

      If any other goalkeeper emergences with sharper reflexes, ability to play from the back, ability to instigate attacking moves and greater all round composure and capabilities; that for me will be a BONUS at this point in time.

      The only department that gives me sleepless nights in the Super Eagles is the attacking midfield. The cover in this department is inadequate as things stand.

      • Bomboy 3 years ago

        Uzoho and Akpeyi deserves their place, but Ezenwa has been inactive for too long.

      • Bomboy 3 years ago

        Good observation as usual, Mr. Deo, but Ezenwa has been without club football for too long. Uzoho and Akpeyi deserve their place though.

      • Paschal 3 years ago

        Attacking midfield? Methinks we have good players in Mikel Obi, Alex Iwobi and Etebo to take care of the attacking midfield role.

      • The problem with Ezenwa is that he dropped from first to second goal keeper with his club as well as for the Super Eagles and now he is a free agent as his one year contract has expired and his wage demand starts are preventing clubs from having a good look at him.

        We also need a good left back to cover for Collins in case he gets injured/suspended

        @Pascal attacking midfield, we have only Iwobi, Mikel is better as a defensive midfielder and Etebo although good running from deep is not in the mold of Kanu or Okocha. We need to look at Ifeanyi Mathew, Iyayi Believe Atiemwen and Abdul Ajagun to see if they can step up a notch to challenge for the number 10 position

  • Well deserving team of the week nomination for Mikel Agu. Agu has been a round for a while with fc Porto after his eye catching performance in South Africa during a youth tournament some years ago, and ever since the media was awash with story suggesting that Mikel Ndubuishi was Fc Porto’s best kept secret, the world, including Nigeria fans have been on the look out to see him match up his rating with a week-in-week-out starting role for Porto, which unfortunately did not happen.

    This disillusionment however did not reduce his worth as he has on different occasions proved his quality with impressive showing in his different loan spells.
    With his high riding performances for Setubal, Mikel looks primed for the big stage and it’s a matter of time before his stocks attract big clubs in Europe.
    Mikrl is a modern day defensive midfield player with strong defensive quality, power and pace and the ability to move up midfiel with relative ease, hes power packed shot. WITH an imposing hieght at 6’1, he commands confidence to defence and attack during dead balls situation.

  • Whilst not refutting your points in any way BigD, an inactive soon-to-be Unattached (now unattached) Ezenwa more than held his own against South Africa in a crunch encounter on hostile grounds.

    I have unwavering faith in all our 3 goalkeepers.

    Akpeyi remains my favourite but fortune hasn’t smiled on him so he has to take his place as number 3.

    In all, all 3 goalkeepers have bags of experience and valuable exposure which are undeniably. All 3 have been to at least 2 world cups across age levels.

    They all have played in do-or-die AFCON or world cup qualifiers. These guys are priceless and should be seen as such.

    Any goalkeepers with sharper skills that are clearly identifiable should be the ones to potentially displace any of these 3 guys in my view.

    For now, any talk of goalkeeper crisis in the Super Eagles is just a myth – in my humble opinion.

    • That said, if Ezenwa remains unemployed for long, it may jeopardize his position in the national team.


      • Yep my point exactly. He needs a job for footballing reasons. This is not the time to be unemployed. Sometimes money may have to take the back seat so he can remain in the picture

  • Complements of the season guys n sorry for my long sabbatical from our soccer forums… I believe we have capable players DAT can step in and play very well in d attacking midfield. Such players are
    1. Kelechi nwalookmab
    2. Sadiq umar (an intelligent ball    distributor and bundle of          skills)
    3. Ademola lookm

    • Complements of the season bro.

      Where is Chairmanfemi??? Come back. We miss you; I miss you.