Are Heartland leaning too heavily on Shedrack Oghali and Samuel Nnoshiri when it comes to attacking spark in the final third? Ademetan Abayomi has the report.
Heartland have scored 8 Nigeria Professional Football League goals this season, with 5 of them provided by Oghali and Nnoshiri.
It can, of course, be argued that the pair are doing precisely what they are paid to do.
Oghali was snapped up as a goalscorer, and has not disappointed, while Nnoshiri has proven himself to be a useful source of creativity in the top tier and a nuisance to the best defences in the division.
They cannot, however, be expected to shoulder the burden between them over the course of a 38-game slog.
There will, inevitably, be dips in form – with Heartland having already endured a run of two games without a win – as well as injuries and suspensions to contend with. What do the Science Boys do then?
A quick look at the stats for the season so far regarding key aspects in the final third of the field show that other players expected to produce that much sought-after spark just have not been delivering, for a variety of reasons.
To be fair to Bright Onyedikachi he has played as a winger. He is, however, part of a group of players that need to start shaking off the shackles and offer more to the collective cause. The winger has contributed one goal same with Adachi Emmanuel.
There is still a long way to go, with 8 points separating the Naze Millionaires and leaders Nasarawa United, but sharing the load will be the name of the game from this point on, with it important for coach Fidelis Ilechukwu to start getting more from those already on his books.