Former Super Eagles striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni is delighted to see the influx of strikers in the senior national team ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations but insists Odion Ighalo remains the best amongst the bunch, Completesports.com reports.
Gernot Rohr handed Paul Onuachi his debut against Egypt in an international friendly in March with the lanky forward hitting the winner inside the first minute of the game.
The German coach has also handed opportunities to Victor Osimhen and Isaac Success to lead the Eagles attack, but Aiyegbeni, the former Portsmouth and Everton striker believes Ighalo’s wealth of experience in the team and his rich vein of form gives him an edge above the others.
“If Ighalo continues scoring this way, it will be very difficult for him to be benched,” Yakubu told Completesports.com.
“He’s the Super Eagles’ best striker at the moment, no doubt. They have good strikers coming into the team – the likes of Osimhen and Onuachu, but he (Ighalo) possesses everything you need in a striker to get the goals. He’s experienced, matured and prolific.
“Osimhen is another player who could fill the void in his absence, but with decent supplies,Ighalo will deliver.”
Ighalo has continued from where he stopped in the Chinese Super League last season when he finished as the CSL’s second top scorer with 21 goals, but it was not enough to save his former club, ChangunYatai, from relegation.
This season, the 30-year-old has scored six goals in six games for Shanghai Shenhua, who he joined on a three-year deal at the start of the season.