There are reports coming out of Holland that a Premier League club are trying to sign Nigerian striker Uche Nwofor, who plays for VVV Venlo in the Eerste Divisie – the second division in the Netherlands.
Uche Nwofor – capped once by Nigeria
Newcastle were linked with this player at the end of July, and there’s some debate about his age, as he’s supposed to be only 21, but he looks a lot older than that – but maybe he just worries a lot.
The six-foot tall striker played 29 times with 10 goals last season for VVV-Venlo, and if the report is true, Graham Carr must have been watching him last season in the Eerste Divisie.
Uche Nwofor is right footed and played 9 times for the Nigerian U20 side with 6 goals, and he’s being compared to Aston Villa’s top striker Christian Benteke.
Before he joined VVV-Venlo in August of 2011, he played for Enugu Rangers in Nigeria, and when he joined the Dutch club, Portuguese club Benfica were also said to be interested in the striker.
Uche Nwofor - is he really only 21 years old?
In the two seasons he’s played in Holland he’s appeared 60 times for VVV-Venlo with 14 goals, so he’s not exactly a prolific goalscorer, especially given the level he’s playing at.
We assume Joe Kinnear is now looking through his B list of strikers, after Newcastle have failed to bring in either Darren Bent of Aston Villa and Bafe Gomis of Lyon, who were on the A list along with Loic Remy, who we eventually signed on a season-long loan deal from QPR.
But it’s a huge leap in class for this lad to come from the Dutch second division into the Premier League.
What do you think?
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