A Nigerian footballer who’s 20 and is yet to make his ‘mark’ on the international stage for the Super Eagles isn’t a footballer clubs continues to track on a daily basis. In today’s impatient and restless world, your future in the sport is decided the moment you impress as a teenager. The promise, the potential and the performance of a young budding youth product can carry you across the world even years later. Yet when you play a role that demands you have the experience of a 30-year-old yet the youth and the exuberance of a 20-year-old, ‘exception’ is often the term used to describe you.
And Nigeria and Spartak Trnava’s Bamidele Yusuf is an exception clubs ought to pay more attention to.
Having risen through the ranks of Jazzy Stars and Obazz FC, he joined Trnava in 2020.
With five goals this season, the highly rated player is a wanted man in Europe.
Yusuf, 20, may have a slender frame but his desire to win makes him impossible to get around. He’s quick on his feet for someone who sits comfortably in the centre of the park; he’s got an unorthodox tackling technique he often relies upon to win balls, and he has the stamina and the endurance to make the pace of the elites in Europe seem like a walk in the park. In addition, he has the scoring ability range that you wouldn’t expect from someone as tender. With his agility and his passing, he often surprises defences with his quick one-twos and subtly-glazed through-balls. If you look closely, will show you glimpses of a young Emmanuel Amunike.
Clubs in Europe are waiting to pounce on the 20-year-old once the window opens up. They wouldn’t be targeting him if he was someone they thought could be replaced with alternatives.