Nigerian born Footballers who will make Super Eagles starting XI strong

As we look forward to day 5 and 6 of the World Cup Qualifiers, let's take a look at those non-Nigerian players abroad, whom if they were Super Eagles' stars would get into Rohr's squad and the reasons why.

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Maduka Okoye has been one of the best goalkeepers in Africa, so he for me is a shoe in regardless of any other Nigerian born keeper out there. There is Arthur Okonkwo at Arsenal who can give him a good run.

At left back, Jamilu Collins is certain to start for Nigeria, however Werder Bremen's Felix Agu for me would be a perfect replacement, with his electric pace, powerful left foot, and crossing and set piece ability.

At center back, Leon Balogun, Kenneth Omeruo and William Troost-Ekong are all competing for starting places. Nevertheless, one man who I am certain Eagles would want in their team is AC Milan and England center half, Fikayo Tomori.

Great in the air, great pace and a master of the tackle, he would oust any of the three aforementioned Eagles.

At right back, no one will argue with Ola Aina occupying the position. We also have Tyrone Ebuehi and Chidozie Awaziem putting pressure on him so we have an embarrassment of riches there.

Nigeria's left hand side has been a bit of a problem area for some time now, or rather no one has cemented their place on that side. The likes of Ahmed Musa, Moses Simon, Chidera Ejuke and Samuel Kalu have all played there.

For this reason, Arsenal's Englishman man, Bukayo Saka, would be my choice on that left wing ahead of any Nigerian. Saying this, the players mentioned above are all top players and can all adapt to the left sided role in different ways and offer Super Eagles attacking options.

However, I feel Saka with his frightening pace would keep the width for Nigeria and terrify defenders and be able to whip the ball into his strikers, and also offers set piece ability, great crosses and the ability to score from 40 yards when coming off his wing.

Centre midfield is the position that poses the biggest selection headache. Wilfred Ndidi, Joe Aribo and Frank Onyeka are the men most likely to compete for the two starting places against Liberia and Cape Verde.

The three guys mentioned are all capable players that would get into most teams. If we were to choose two Nigerian born players to take their place, David Alaba would be the first on the team sheet as the versatile player with his pace, dribbles and ability to score from runs from midfield means he can win a game for his team singlehandedly.

Ndidi will play due to his hard work as well as the endeavor to get into the box.

Ademola Lookman is a man much like Samuel Chukwueze who offers attacking flair, with a beautiful cross on him and who chips in with goals for his team. He should take the right wing berth.

Paul Onuachu, Kelechi Iheanacho, Taiwo Awoniyi, Terem Moffi and Simy are all names that have been banded about as striking options with Umar Sadiq possibly included as a striker in the squad.

However, the African flair that has lit up the AS Roma squad would be in my team, Tammy Abraham, and he comes in a pair with Osimhen, so those two would be my strikers.

Those are my suggestions, obviously I've left out several top class players, but how about you? Do you agree, who would be your choices? The key question is, who will be Rohr's choices of the Nigerian born players if available for selection?

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Ademetan Abayomi has always dreamt of being a sports journalist. His journey began 11 years ago when he created my first sports news page on Facebook, called "Futball Galore" and from there on his passion for sports journalism grew stronger. Now, he is a Sports News Reporter and Feature Writer where he strives to add value and learn as much as he can.

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