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World Cup-Bound Etebo Joins Stoke City In Long-Term Deal

World Cup-Bound Etebo Joins Stoke City In Long-Term Deal

By Johnny Edward:

Super Eagles midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo has joined English second-tier club Stoke City on a five-year deal from with Portuguese side Feirense, the Championship club announced on Monday.

Stoke were relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season.

The 22-year-old midfielder, who will be at the upcoming World Cup with Nigeria, signed a five-year deal reportedly worth €7.2million.

Stoke City’s Chief Executive Tony Scholes told the club’s website: “We are delighted Etebo has chosen to join Stoke City, becoming our first signing of the summer.

“I’m particularly pleased that he took the time to look beyond our current league status and understand who we are as a club before choosing us ahead of current Premier League and Bundesliga clubs.”

Stoke City manager, Gary Rowett said: “We’re really excited to have got the deal over the line for Etebo. I’m looking forward to seeing him in a Stoke City shirt as I’m sure our supporters are too.

“Etebo is a very mobile, energetic midfielder and he’s a great age. He has played in the top divisions in Portugal and Spain and, of course, he’s heading into the World Cup with Nigeria which will be an amazing experience for him.”

Etebo has been capped 14 times by Nigeria and came on as a substitute in last week’s friendly against England at Wembley.

He will be part of the Nigerian squad that will face Group D World Cup games against Argentina, Iceland and Croatia.

Etebo, who started his career with Warri Wolves in Nigeria, joined Feirense in 2016 and made 45 league appearances, scoring seven goals.

He made 12 appearances for Las Palmas whilst on loan with the team from Gran Canaria.

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  • Nwaebonyi 3 years ago

    Congrats my man

  • Abdul andah 3 years ago

    Relegated stoke city?
    Etebo you don’t seem to know your worth.
    When you suppose to focus at performing well in the world cup and go play for a better club?

  • Martins 3 years ago

    What a hell, or rather in heaven’s name is wrong with African players from playing in la Liga to playing in the English championship, from world cup to division 2, all they think about is money not their carrier just look at this dumb guy for instance, that’s why they don’t get recognition or respect from any couch in Europe

    • If you had thought of your career, you would know the difference between ‘career’ and ‘carrier’
      If you yourself didn’t regress from primary 6 to primary 2 then you will know that a coach is not a couch.

      • Omaskels 3 years ago

        My brother u finish work..nice reply..secondly before dem go insult Etebo..make dem go start with super Eagle’s captain Wen leav EPL go China dat ment for retirees n still come 9ja come wear band .Go insult Mikel first

  • Wow… huge congratulations to him a true hard worker

    • Martins 3 years ago

      Huge congratulations for what? So he will use championship experience to play well for Nigeria? The coach should drop him after the world Cup till he can prove himself on the big stage

    • @Ebite, you be my person Jare, no be this fake Martins wannabe wey him smart phone dey smarter than am.
      Congratulations to Etebo. E do well to move to England.

  • Stephen 3 years ago

    Stupid decision to join relegated team. Who be your adviser?

  • Edoman 3 years ago

    Thank you Etebo, Stoke is good. The Club will surely come back to the Premier League next year. Your style of play is particularly suited to the way they do it.

  • Martins 3 years ago

    Playing for teams like zamalek is better than the championship in England

    • Omaskels 3 years ago

      Are u a football fan or Garri fan?? U compare Zamalek to England Championship?..no wonder ..I see..

  • This guy should change his agent abeg! On the eve of a global tournament where you are supposed to be a bride to so many suitors , you go and sign for a championship club.I ayam not understanding o!

  • efele 3 years ago

    where u dey rush go. why not wait after world cup. na wa o

  • Sunnyb 3 years ago

    African players will always disappoint u, they never believed in themselves, imagine this guy signing with Stokes days before World Cup, Africans players always quick to jump the ships for peanuts.

  • I am filled with happiness and sadness both in almost equal measure about this news .

    Happiness and congratulations that Etebo has secured his long-term future in England for a club with history and ambition albeit now relegated to the second-tier of English football.

    Sadness and disappointment that there are footballers not as versatile as Etebo playing in the English Premier league and other Premier leagues in Europe.

    Could he have secured a more high profile move after the World Cup?

    Still, congrats Etebo. Please come and set the English Championship alight with your skill and work ethics.

    More reasons for me to watch the Championship Round-up on channel 5

    • Also, it is a good deal for Stoke which shows exactly how ambitious they are.

      With more signings like Etebo, who is to say they will not gain immediate automatic promotion back to the English Premier League.

      Also, what many may not realise is that the English Championship League compares favourably with some division 1 leagues in Europe e.g Austrian, Ukrainian, Scottish, Polish, Swedish and Danish division 1 leagues.

      So, upon reflection, this is not looking like such a bad move afteall.

  • This is the height of inferiority complex and lack of self belief. Guys permit me to this boy an idiot.
    You have lost any respect I have for you.
    You are a big disgrace to Africa.
    You cannot even beat your chest and say to yourself if Iwobi can play in Arsenal, I will at least make it to Everton. Where is your seance of challenge?
    Shame on you.
    ” A man who is in honour and knoweth not, is like a beast that perisheth”
    What an evil under the sun, that princes walk on foot and the slaves on horse back!

    • Omaskels 3 years ago

      It’s only idiot dat comment like dis after such a sensible move by a decent player ..Read wide n grow up and stop talking trash..congrats Etebo..Bravo!

    • Buchi Joachins 3 years ago

      I think it is a two-way thing… while i’m also of the opinion that he should have waited till after the world cup..i also believe anything have happened… Babatunde sustained a fractured hand in the world cup and that was the end of whatever dream move he must envisaged since he was the only threat to other team we had at the world cup. Stoke is a big team and ambitious too… that doesn’t also mean he probably would have shined at the mundial and get a better team. In all i think it is a good move for a former Warri Wolves and Feirense player. Congrats Etebo.. Stoke is a decent team and he will get more playing time over there…

  • Guys you can see am so enraged ,am miss I g my words.

  • congrats to etebo..personally for me its a good move..in an era where most of our boys rush to less competitive league..this guy has taken that bold step to start his journey in the tough English championship…yes I said tough cos aside the top 5 leagues in Europe the championship will compete favourably with most leagues in Europe..most teams in the World cup have players from the Championship representing them. Ighalo and Ayegbeni started from the championship and went on to become hits in the premiership..i absolutely believe Etebo will toe that line as well.. it’s just a matter of time

  • CHARLES 3 years ago

    He got his own good reason and their are many big boys in that league,even some of their fields are better than most of some European leagues.Good luck bro