PAOK Thessaloniki of Greece midfielder, Anderson Esiti has disclosed that Cote d’Ivoire’s former Manchester City star, Yaya Toure and Tottenham Hotspur’s Kenya battler, Victor Wanyama are the football heroes that inspire him and he wants to style his game after, megasportsarena.com reports.
Esiti, who was born in Warri on the 24th of May, 1994, began his football career with Bobbies United FC, but recalls that he often played barefooted, until he got the chance to move to Europe at a very early age, and he ended up starting with Leixoes of Portugal.
He also later played for Estoril in the Portuguese league before joining KAA Gent of Belgium in 2016, after which he went on to make 77 appearances, before moving to PAOK for 3.5m Euros in this year’s summer of 2019.
The battling midfielder, who was first invited to the Super Eagles by then head coach, Sunday Ogorchukwu Oliseh on two occasions, before he was recalled for the friendly away to Ukraine last month, recalled that his first cap with Nigeria could have been against Chad Republic in 2015, but the game was cancelled.
He eventually got his debut in a cameo role against Zambia, but admits he has not gained the opportunity to showcase his immense battling and physically strong abilities on the ball, which led to his teammates giving him nicknames like “The Rock” and “The Avenger,” but says he was happy that his attributes were noticed by PAOK, which spurred them to seek his transfer.
Esiti disclosed: “After the game I played against them in Holland, I received a lot of messages on Instagram – fans telling me and urging me to come over to PAOK. So when they called me and indicated their interest, I told my agent, it was a club I wanted to play for.
“I am physical, so one of my biggest qualities is to win the ball for the team and create attacks for the team…It is the way I am, it’s not because I want to injure people, it is what God gave to me, so I use it to my best capacity.
“I have a good family, they took care of me very well and it was ok, it wasn’t a big life but it was a normal life. I wasn’t using boots, I just started using boots about three years before I came to Europe. So it was a very good evolution for me.”