Opinion: Why Chelsea's game against Tottenham is a call for Nigeria's most valuable player
Published: August 16, 2022
Opinion: Why Chelsea's game against Tottenham is a call for Nigeria's most valuable player

Stamford Bridge welcomed ex-manager Antonio Conte with his Tottenham Hotspur team in the second game-week of the new Premier League season.


The game ended in a 2-2 draw as both teams shared the spoils with new signing Kalidou Koulibaly getting on the score-sheet through a well-taken strike in the first half.


Hojbjerg then equalised with a clean long-range goal after some ping-pong build-up before Reece James restored the Blues' lead in the 77th minute. A controversial injury-time equaliser from Harry Kane ensured a draw.


While Chelsea were superior in every facet of play ranging from control to chance creation, two elements were missing in the Blues' attack, aerial presence and decisive box-play.


Too many crosses went into the box but there was almost no one attacking them. Kai Havertz is quite tall but is a little threat aerially to the likes of Romero and Dier.


Also, there was little box-play from the attackers as they were naturally drawn to the ball instead of being hellbent on getting into the box and finding space to shoot.


This brings us back to Chelsea's initial rumoured interest in the most valuable player Nigerian player on the planet Victor Osimhen.


The Napoli striker possesses great aerial presence and decisive box-play.


He will undoubtedly add the aforementioned abilities to Chelsea's attack and even more. Too many chances went begging at Stamford Bridge that a striker like Osimhen could help put into the net.


Tottenham's equaliser was controversial but Chelsea could have been out of sight if a more clinical striker was available.


The London Derby was certainly a call for the Blues to take a decisive action which could well be Osimhen.


Sofoluwe Mayowa


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