Leicester City winger Ademola Lookman has had his application to change nationality to represent Nigeria instead of England approved by FIFA. The 24-year-old is on loan at the King Power Stadium from RB Leipzig, having previously represented Everton and Charlton Athletic, which was placed unders odds by several best sports betting.
Lookman has not represented England’s senior team, but was an Under-19, Under-20, and Under-21 youth international. He was part of the squad that won the Under-20 World Cup in 2017
Born in London, both his parents are Nigerian. His path follows a long-list ex-England prodigies like Alex Iwobi, Joe Aribo and Ola Aina.
Sone Aluko, Victor Moses and Shola Ameobi have also all successfully swapped nationalities to Nigeria.
Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) chief scout Tunde Adelakun told BBC Sport Africa last November: “We are aware of Lookman's desire to play for us and I have spoken to him as well. However, there is a process to it.
“After this process, then comes the consideration and decision of the head coach (Gernot Rohr) on whether or when he deems it fit to get him involved.”
Nigeria face a two-legged play-off against Ghana to qualify for this winter’s World Cup in Qatar. They have reached six of the last seven finals. But what will Lookman offer the three-time African champions who are spoit with talented players on the flanks including Samuel Chukwueze, Moses Simon, Samuel Kalu among others?
The 24-year-old has a great technique and quick speed of thought. His fearlessness and his instinct to make a defining impact are skills young players usually lack, or need a whale of time to develop. He looks so comfortable running directly at defenders and can contribute with goals anywhere in attack through his clever movement.
At Leicester, Lookman has scored five goals and laced an assist this far. Beyond the fruits, the Nigerian has demonstrated hunger, exceptional work rate and enthusiasm, and many users from real money pokies loves his style of play. He always seems eager to make a point each time he plays.
At 5 foot 7 inches, he is not the biggest on the pitch. But he makes up for that with his pace and trickery. He uses his great agility and quick feet to twist and turn to get away from opponents. Lookman’s direct running, skill and powerful finishing ability with both feet would be a great asset for Nigeria.
Although similar in fray and style to Simon, the new Eagle is a bit more clinical at the final third. The pair though can form an alliance against oppositions.