Eagles Roundup: Etebo Makes Losing Debut With Getafe ; Chukwueze, Azeez Win With Villareal, Granada

Eagles Roundup: Etebo Makes Losing Debut With  Getafe ; Chukwueze, Azeez Win With Villareal, Granada

It was not the best of debuts for Oghenekaro Etebo as 10-man Getafe crashed out in the second round of the Copa del Rey, after losing 2-0 away to third-tier club Badalona on Saturday, Completesports.com reports.

Etebo who recently joined Getafe on loan from Stoke City, was introduced on 69 minutes of the game.

Getafe were reduced to 10 men following the sending off of David Timor on the half hour mark.

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Despite holding out for long period in the game, Getafe’s resolve was finally broken as Chema Moreno scored on 85 minutes.

And in the 93rd minute Badalona got their second goal through Hugo Esteban.

Samuel Chukwueze was on from the start for Villareal who needed extra-time to edge third division club Orihuela 2-1.

Chukwueze later made way with two minutes remaining in the game.

A brace from Gerard Moreno in the 72nd and 118th minutes, saw Villareal progress into the next round.

Brian Pallares got Orihuela’ s goal in the 83rd minute.

In another Copa del Rey clash Ramon Azeez featured for Granada who piped fourth-tier side Tamaraceite 1-0.

Antonio Puertas’ 19th minute strike was enough to seal Granada’s passage into the next round.

Azeez was later replaced in the 85th minute of the encounter.

And in the French Ligue 1, Super Eagles winger Samuel Kalu was subbed on but could not prevent Bordeaux from losing 2-1 at home to Lyon.

It was Bordeaux’s fourth consecutive league defeat and Saturday’s game was their first in the New Year in the top flight.

Kalu came on in the 54th minute for his 17th league appearance, scoring just one goal.

His Super Eagles teammate Josh Maja was an unused substitute and has made 16 league appearance and has scored five goals.

The defeat leaves Bordeaux on 13 position on 26 points in the league table.

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WORDPRESS: 6
  • _Is Chukwueze improving?_

    Whilst it is safe to say that Chukwueze hasn’t built exponentially on his blistering form of last season,he career continues to show steady (if not rapid) growth.

    Yesterday, his contributions earned a rating of 7.1/10. The Under 17 World Cup winner had a pass accuracy of 81%. He made 3 key passes, 2 crosses and 3 accurate long balls for the 88 minutes that he spent on the pitch.

    Although he neither scored nor recorded an assist, the young speed demon had 1 shot off target and 1 blocked.

    Throughout last season in the league, Chukwueze’s performances earned a rating of 6.76/10. He is already doing better this term with a rating of 6.71/10 thus far.

    He scored 5 league goals last season with 3 thus far this term.

    Chukwueze’s improvement might be slow and steady, but he is improving nonetheless and can take comfort from his contributions last night.

    Rumours linking him to several high profile clubs are also testament to the fact that many observers continue to see the Nigeria international as a young, vibrant, bright prospect.

     
    • Chima E Samuels 3 months ago

      You’re the man this is how the Nigerian media should be analyzing. Bro you’re world class I hope you take the next step so the whole of naija gets this day in and out for better judgement of our players instead of heresay journalism we getting at the moment.

       
  • Etebo gave the sort of performance that we have come to expect of him yesterday in his new of Getafe in Spain.

    Although he was in the pitch for just shy of 20 minutes, Etebo managed to have 9 touches (1 touch every 2 minutes).

    His few long balls were delightfully executed whilst the only cross he delivered was crisp and accurate.

    Back in England, Stoke fans are still fuming that the English Championship club let him go. Paul (a Stoke fan) referred to Etebo as a ‘quality player’ whilst another, Neil Price said: ‘close to replacing Steven Nzonzi, I wish he had stayed’.

    However, many Super Eagles fans long wished for Etebo to move to a higher league and their wishes have now come true.

    I actually expected more from Etebo at Stoke City. Yes he worked hard, yes he played very well and on occasions showed real quality.

    But he never really did enough (in my humble opinion) to attract interest from big clubs.

    He was rated 6.88/10 last season by one outlet with another rating him 6.76/10.

    I think one Stoke fan put it well when he said ‘Etebo never fully fulfilled his potentials in England’.

    An overall ratings of >7.0/10 could have suggested a player too good for the English Championship.

    Still, I am happy for Etebo and hope he delivers performances in Spain that will deliver his shirt back to him from Aribo in the Super Eagles.

     
  • Glory 3 months ago

    Happy to see you back Etebo to the kind of league your talent belong. Not that dead end stokes. A midfield exceptional which you are,should be playing in the top fives of the world.Bienvenue d midfield general. Can’t wait to see you back to SE.