1 September 2016
The summer transfer window in Europe closed on Wednesday, August 31 and the world of football was treated to some shock moves as expected – Nigerian players also moved right before the window closed.
Kelechi Nwakali (Midfielder)
Nigeria’s teenage prodigy, Kelechi Nwakali, right before the widow closed got sent out on loan to Dutch second division side MVV Maastricht by his parent club Arsenal.
The 18-year-old joined the Gunners from the Diamond Youth Academy this year but has yet to make a senior appearance for the Premier League side.
Nwakali was named the FIFA U-17 World Cup player of the tournament in Chile in 2015 after his resounding performance with Nigeria had caught the attention of the North London club.
He will be hoping to get regular playing time before returning to the Emirates.
Elderson Echiejile (Full-back)
Elsewhere in France, Nigerian left-back Elderson Echiejile joined Standard Liege of Belgium on loan from AS Monaco of France.
The 28 years old defender joined Monaco in 2014 from Portuguese side, Sporting Braga and went on to make 38 appearances for the French side.
Echiejile was a member of the victorious Super Eagles team that won the African Nations Cup in 2013.
Also in Belgium, Nigerian international, Anderson Esiti, signed for Belgian outfit KAA Gent from Estoril of Portugal on a four-year deal.
The Belgian club had earlier on Tuesday welcomed former Nigerian youth international star, Rabiu Ibrahim. The club is also home to another Nigerian International, Moses Simon and U-23 star, Kingsley Madu who joined this summer from Slovakian champions AS Trencin.
Anderson Esiti debuted for the Nigerian national team in a qualifier for the African Cup of Nations (2 – 0 win over Chad last Jun).
Sadiq Umar (Striker)
In Italy, Rio 2016 Football bronze medalist, Sadiq Umar, joined Italian Serie A side Bologna on loan from AS Roma with an option to make the deal permanent next summer. Sadiq scored four goals in Rio.
Back in England, Nigeria U-23 international Nathan Oduwa joined League One side Peterborough United on loan until January.
The 20-year-old previously had loan spells with Luton Town, Glasgow Rangers and Colchester United.
Kenneth Omeruo (Defender)
Just a day before the deadline, defender Kenneth Omeruo joined Turkey side, Alanyaspor on loan from Chelsea.
Omeruo joined Chelsea from Belgian side Standard Liege and has since been shipped out on loan to ADO Den Haag in Netherlands and twice at Championship side Middlesbrough.
Prior to the deadline day, Nigeria’s Winger, Ahmed Musa, joined Premier League Champions, Leicester City in a Club record transfer fee of £16.6 million.
Also in England, former youth international, Isaac Success, joined Watford FC on a transfer fee estimated to be around £12.5 million from Granada.
Super Eagles winger Victor Moses also returned to Chelsea this summer after spending three seasons on loan at Liverpool, Stoke City and WestHam.
We wish them all goodluck as they all put the uncertainty of the summer transfer window behind them to concentrate on the new season.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.