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Dele-Bashiru Joins Watford As Free Agent On Six-Year Deal

Dele-Bashiru Joins Watford As Free Agent On Six-Year Deal

English Premier League club Watford have announced the signing of Flying Eagles midfielder Tom Dele-Bashiru on a six-year deal, reports Completesports.com.

Dele-Bashiru linked up with the Hornets as a free agent following the expiration of his contract with champions Manchester City.

The central midfielder made his senior debut for Manchester City in their Carabao Cup quarterfinal matchagainst Leicester City in 2017/18, coming on for Phil Foden in the 91st minute.


Tom Dele-Bashiru vs USA’s Durkin at the U-20 World Cup

Dele-Bashiru has also played extensively in the UEFA Youth League, Premier League 2, FA Youth Cup and the Checkatrade Trophy for the Citizen’s youth sides.

The 19-year-old midfielder is Manchester-born, and has represented both England and Nigeria at youth levels, scoring for the Flying Eagles in the Under-20 World Cup match against Qatar in May.

Dele-Bashiru joins as the Hornets’ second first-team recruit this summer, after Craig Dawson moved to Watford from West Bromwich Albion.

By Adeboye Amosu

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  • Chairmanfemi 2 years ago

    Now this is the real deal!! A future No.10 for the Super Eagles with great potentials.

  • Glory 2 years ago

    Proper footballer. Will surely go places if stays focus. God bless to you, Tom Dele Bashiru.

    • Totally agree brother Glory.

      I would not be surprised if he walks into the main squad – Watford has made it quite clear that Dele-Bashiru is coming in as a first team recruit.

      Nigeria has to qualify for next year’s Olympics football so we can see more of Dele-Bashiru in Nigeria’s colours.

      • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

        @ Deo…the problem with olympic football is that clubs are not obliged by FIFA to release their players. Most of the foreign based professionals that manage to make it are either the bench-warmers or those who are ready to sacrifice their 1st team places for national service (the case of mikel is still quite fresh in our memories). Really, i’m not looking forward that much to the olympics…or rather, i will be pleasantly surprised if we can have even 40% of our total U23 firepower for the Olympics.

  • NFF should invite him for a competitive match so he fully become our own

  • Ayphillydegreat 2 years ago

    You can say that a million times @Chima. He’s the only thing close to a SuperEagles number 10 among all potential candidates. Fantastic move Ayotomiwa Dele Bashiru. I really hope Nigeria qualify for the Olympics there’s a plethora of talents at the U23 level that looks like the real DreamTeam of 96. My only concern is if Amapakabo can be able to handle the DreamTeam. Almost all the First 11 from that U23 team will be good enough for the SuperEagles in Cameroon 2021 if we qualify. Keep your head up boy, those that are calling you Sambisa Eleven will eventually be made to eat their words. 

  • In the USA, some college basketball coaches make as much as those in the MBA.
    NFF should pay the under 23 coach enough and with a clause that you win the Olympics you move to SE.

    A coaching crew of Siasia, Amuneke, Garba, Ugbade and Karl Ikeme will take us to our first Semi final in the world cup.

    Pay them like the white man, Give them the freehand like the oyibo.
    Set targets with bonuses attached.
    Employ a data analyst to analyze opponents’ video’s
    Givethem a 5 year contract with performance review clause every 2 years.
    Amuneke willbe head of under 20/23 team and first assistant SE coach.
    Garba will be the under 17 coach as well as the 2nd assistant SE coach.
    Ugbade will be the 3rd assistant and defense coach.

    Let us watch them succeed where We have failed in the past.

    • Greenturf 2 years ago

      @CJ,the black people are sentimental by nature,we are sentimental people.That’s how we are and it can’t change tough as it is but it’s the truth.
      This has been the problem in Africa and has affected our development,achievements.
      The names you listed are champions in their own rights but when they take charge of the super eagles things unfortunately will get complicated because of factors other than their potentials.
      I think we are better off with good European coaches at least we are sure of merits in everything they do though they may not have as much potentials as the above listed.
      The whites are not sentimental people.That’s the reason they are developed even with less resources.

  • Greenturf 2 years ago

    I hope England doesn’t sway him if he hits the ground running.A former youth internationals for both England and Nigeria respectively,I hope his Nigeria commitment is solid going forward and not easily swayed.
    Meanwhile,we need players in this department of the midfield making great moves like this.
    We need our midfield to be highly competitive with amazing players.Apparently,this is the position that win you games.
    I hope in the coming days a few more news like this hits the headlines to our delight.
    God bless Nigeria!

  • Damilare Bourne 2 years ago

    I think i like his style of game but lets see if he will break into WATFORD first. In England your skills aren’t enough to break into any team, you have to be very fit and play more with your brain to be a good number 10. We actually need some ball jugglers as our number 10 in Eagles. The ones we have now aren’t that skillful, they play more with power than brain. We need an Okocha, Rabbat Majah, Mustapha Haji etc. Imagine one of these ppl playing just in front of Ndidi. Let.s see what Dele Bashiru will offer Watford first. Best of luck bro

    • Glory 2 years ago

      Play with Brain in England? Never true. Sure u just making a laugh.If they do, England would have been winning every Cup there is to win. England is 90% brawn, 5% brain n 5 % triple Bs(bacon,beans n bread). Intelligent players who play more brain than brawn don’t make it England, because English football don’t understand the word called intelligence. They confuse it for robotic ( exactly what the manager say I do is what I do).

  • Pompei 2 years ago

    From the Sambisa forest emerges a shining light. Congrats boy. Hope he can leave behind the SAMBISA ELEVEN shenanigans, and develop his career. Even in his time with the Sambisa Eleven, he showed some flashes of promise. Bashiru, Makanjuola and Okon represented the national jersey quite well. Watford is a good club. However, I would have loved for Bashiru to go to leagues like Germany, Spain or France. Anyhow, I wish him well.

    • Glory 2 years ago

      That boy Okon should be closely monitored. That’s is another proper No 10 in d making. He covers every blade of grass on d pitch combined with ferocious shots.

      • Pompei 2 years ago

        Glory, I’m very interested in Okon. I hope they keep close tabs on him, to help him develop properly.

  • Pompei 2 years ago

    Rohr and co should take a hard look at this Joe Aribo of a guy. Really good midfield player. Guys like Aribo, Zubby Okechukwu, and Ovie Ejaria (if available) will be fantastic additions to what we already have. Zubby, for instance is a guy that, if he is in form, can be a midfield stalwart for us. In the Olympic team, Zubby was the DM, while Etebo was more of an AM. If Etebo can perform like he has in the DM position for us, imagine what Zubby the original DM can do! In the event Ndidi is not available for any reason, Zubby can step in nice and easy. Aribo and Ejaria will also bring serious competition in the midfield.