Argentina 2-1 Nigeria: What did we learn?

Super Eagles are crying out for a deep-lying playmaker: Over the course of the game, Nigeria’s lack of a midfielder capable of initiating play from deep was a major concern. Time and again, the side often resorted to hoofball when a more controlled approach would’ve sufficed.

 

 Mikel John Obi’s best-equipped to fill that role, but the Tianjin Teda man wasn’t deployed at the base of the midfield. The pair of Oghenekaro Etebo - a marauding midfielder - and Wilfred Ndidi - a ball winner - won’t see you dictate games from deep, and that saw Nigeria lose possession cheaply, which in turn invited loads of pressure.

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