West Bromwich Albion of England defender, Semilore Ajayi has received a huge tip on how to ensure he continues attracting a starting spot in the Super Eagles, as coach of the side, Gernot Rohr says the tall stopper only needs to play regularly with his club, megasportsarena.com reports.
Ajayi, who joined WBA from relegated lower division side, Rotherham United in the summer, has played twice ahead of previously preferred Kenneth Omeruo in the Eagles’ first two 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, and Rohr has hint6ed that the former Flying Eagles’ invitee could continue enjoying the privilege.
Such it could be in contrast with Omeruo, whose fortunes in the national team have been direly affected by a run with injury and the fact that he is currently not enjoying the best of spells with his club, CD Leganes of Spain.
Indeed, Eagles’ sources say Kenneth Omeruo’s irregular game time at Leganes counted against him in Rohr’s permutations of his starting 11 for the past two qualifiers against Benin Republic and Lesotho, which Nigeria won 2-1 at home and 4-2 away respectively.
While another former reliable in the Eagles’ heart of defence, Leon Aderemi Balogun is also ill sorted at his club, Brighton & Hove Albion of England, Udinese of Italy stopper, William Troost-Ekong is assured of a starting role, even as stand-in captain, with Ajayi now ahead of Omeruo in the pecking order for the remaining spot.
Omeruo has not been involved in four of the last ten games played by Leganes in La Liga, which is in stark contrast with how Ajayi has started a total of 17 games for Albion this season, with 16 in the English Championship and one in the Carabao Cup.
Ajayi has now earned superlatives from Rohr, following the former England youth international and ex-Arsenal academy player’s masterful performance alongside Troost-Ekong against Benin Republic and Lesotho, but the Franco-German gaffer warns that the lad too cannot afford to rest on his oars.
Rohr stated: ”Semi is a good partner but you know a team can change depending on what the players are doing in their clubs. We had some players with injuries, they didn’t play so much, Musa was one of them, he was injured, Omeruo also had the same problem. What we have is good competition for the starting positions.”