Villarreal of Spain summer signing, Arnaut Danjuma and Reading of England midfielder, Tom Dele-Bashiru have both received accolades from their coaches, following the goals they scored respectively in the UEFA Champions League and English Championship.
In Spain, Danjuma gained a verbal round of applause from Villarreal’s coach, Unai Emery after the former Club Brugge of Belgium and Bournemouth of England attacker hit target for The Yellow Submarine and helped them draw 2-2 with Atalanta of Italy in Group F.
Megasportsarena.com reports that Danjuma got off the bench on the hour and soon got his name into the match highlights, as he clinically struck from inside the box in the 73rd minute of play to put Villarreal 2-1 in front, much to the delight of Emery.
While the former Arsenal coach admitted that seeing Manchester United lose to Young Boys of Switzerland now makes the group tougher, the Spanish gaffer was excited about Danjuma, who has featured for Netherlands in friendlies but is still eligible to play for the Super Eagles.
The youngster, who was born in Lagos but grew up Netherlands, has already opened his goals account in LaLiga and will aim to continue his spree when his club visit Manchester United for their next mach in the European elite clubs’ competition.
Emery, though, is not one to wait until he starts singing praises, as he gleefully stated: “Danjuma is in the process of adaptation, but he understands everything quickly and he performed well,” he saluted the forward.
“I wouldn’t rule out a surprise because I’ve experienced them in the Champions League and Europa League. Teams in Europe have a touch more motivation.”
In England, Dele-Bashiru also got into the spotlight with two goals for Reading, following which The Royal’s coach, Veljko Paunovic hailed the youngster for his efforts in the English Championship encounter against Peterborough.
En route to helping his side win the game 3-1, the former Flying Eagles midfielder, who is on loan from Watford of England, where he endured a long lay-off caused by a long-term injury, grabbed a second-half brace in the convincing home win on Tuesday.
Paunovic said afterwards: “It was a fantastic goal and a very good performance from Tom Dele-Bashiru. He was our earliest signing in the window, so he is furthest through that process.
“Now he’s in good shape, he has learned what he needs to learn, the players around him know what he can bring to the table and…there you are. A great performance from him.”