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Chukwueze To Work With New Coach At Villarreal After Calleja’s Sacking

Chukwueze To Work With New Coach At Villarreal After Calleja’s Sacking

Samuel Chukwueze’s coach at Villarreal, Javi Calleja, has been sacked and a new coach set to be announced before the end of today (Monday)

The Yellow Submarines decided to terminate the contract of Calleja, a Madrid native, despite recently renewing his contract for one more year last season after achieving qualification for the Europa League.


Calleja was fired due to Villarreal’s disastrous start to the La Liga season having picked up just 14 points from 15 games.

Under Calleja, Chukwueze gained promotion to the first team with the 19-year-old flourishing with the Yellow Submarines in the LaLiga Santander.

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The Nigeria international has made 20 games so far this season scoring five goals and providing two assists.

The former U17, U20 winger has made five appearances in the La Liga for Villarreal scoring twice. He has played two games in the Copa Del Rey, scoring one goal and four appearances in the UEFA Europa League. He also made nine appearances in the Segunda Division B Group III La Liga scoring twice for the B team of Villarreal.

Chukwueze is poised to make his fifth appearance in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday when Villarreal host Spartak Moscow. A win for them will see them through to the next round.

By Johnny Edward

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  • This is tricky. It might not be the best thing for chukweze’s development. New coach doesn’t always mean positives for a player. You can ask victor moses

  • Will having a new coach turn out to be a bane or boon for Chukwueze?

    When Samuel Chukwueze made his first appearance for Villarreal on 20 September, it would be the beginning of a fine run that would contribute towards his maiden invitation to the Super Eagles at a tender age of 19.

    Brimming with confidence and playing with freedom, there was nothing to suggest that the fine run will come to an end, or will it?

    The news of the sacking of the coach under whom Samuel had he breakthrough and thrive should be a cause for concern because change of coach have meant change of fortune for certain players as the samples I present below elucidate:

    – Victor Moses: coach departure made his role redundant and relegated him to the bench.
    – Francis Uzoho: sacking of his coach instantly condemned him to division 3 football.

    – Victor Osimhen: constant change of coaches stalled his career in Germany.

    – Vincent Enyeama: A new coach embarked on a mass clear-out/blacklisting of players which included the retired Nigeria Icon.

    – Mikel Obi: A new coach was unhappy that he chose to represent Nigeria at the Olympics thus, he would eventually depart Chelsea.

    Now, don’t let’s get ahead of ourselves and start predicting doom for Chukwueze, career. It largely depends on the philosophy, orientation and outlook of the new coach that will determine whether Chukwueze’s football flourishes or flounders in the short-term.

    If he is lucky to get a coach like Pochettino or Louis Van Gaal who believe in developing young players, then Samuel’s football is likely to flourish.

    If on the other hand he gets a coach like Jose Mourinho who scarcely invests in young players, then his football could flounder in the short term.

    But, with what this youngster has shown thus far, it is hard to see how he will not impress any new coach enough to retain him, at least, in match day squads.

    Football is a results business and any new coach will want players who can deliver the right results to help him keep his job.

    Will the next Villarreal manager see Chukwueze as that kind of player? time will tell….

  • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

    You guyz are right. Its a double edged sword. I pray it works in favour of Sam. The case of Uzoho really comes to mind. From keeping 2 clean sheets in the La liga, the new coach just came and sent him back to the segunda B.