Arsenal midfielder, Kelechi Nwakali, who is currently on loan with Porto, has been called up to the Nigeria squad.
The 20 year old joined the Gunners after a protracted transfer saga in 2016, but has been loaned out to MVV Maastricht twice and VVV Venlo before joining the Portuguese side’s B team earlier this summer.
The Super Eagles take on the Seychelles in September in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, and he’s joined in the squad by fellow Arsenal man Alex Iwobi.
Nwakali was very highly rated when he joined from the Diamond Football Academy having won the Golden Ball at the 2015 U17 World Cup. However, his progression has been slower than expected, despite some flashes of his talent during his loan moves.
He’s made two appearances for Porto B so far this season, and to get called up to the Nigeria squad suggests they see him as a player with some talent, but he’s going to have to show something pretty special to assure any kind of Arsenal future.
His loan deal included an option to make the deal permanent, perhaps one Arsenal can veto if he does make a serious breakthrough, but it seems more likely than not that he’ll add to the list of promising youngsters who don’t make the grade with us.