The quest to have the new Jay Jay Okocha for the senior national team of Nigeria has pushed coach of the team Gernot Rohr all the way to Russia to make quick checks on former Chelsea teen midfielder Faustino Anjorin.

Anjorin now plays in Russia for Lokomotiv Moscow after failing to stamp his authority in the first team of Chelsea since making his European debut in the Champions League against Russian side Krasnodar in 2020.

His first involvement with the first team of Chelsea came in 2019 when he played in the Carabao Cup against Grimsby Town. So highly rated is he that he has played for England at every junior level up to U19.

A senior team bow doesn’t look certain for the 19 year old instead it is Nigeria who are now keen on having him in their squad where a playmaker is badly needed as the Super Eagles shape up for the business end of the World Cup qualifiers.

He is eligible for Nigeria through his father who has taken a step further by introducing his son to some officials of the Nigerian team putting him on the radar of Rohr, who is keen on having more options in midfield.

It’s still very early to say he is having a good season in Russia but he has so far played in six games this season with four coming in the league and two in the Europa League, where he scored on his debut.


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