Emenike simply needs goals

The last two years have been a rollercoaster for Emmanuel Emenike.

Topping the scoring charts at the last African Cup of Nations, before succumbing to a lengthy period on the sidelines.

When he came back he secured a move back to Fenerbahce and the Turkish title. Back in the green jersey for Nigeria he scored the goals that secured Nigeria's place at the World Cup when they beat Ethiopia in Calabar.

Since those October goals last year he has failed to hit the target for the Super Eagles and that has been one of the biggest mysteries for millions of Nigerian fans. Why have the goals dried up?

Dubbed ‘The New Yekini’, Emenike completely bombed goal at the World Cup where many had expected him to be a huge hit.

It could be down to partnerships. Some strikers love to hunt in pairs. He enjoyed the whole-hearted endeavour of twin striker Brown Ideye, who assisted in his goals at South Africa 2013.

His partnerships with Osaze Odemwingie and Shola Ameobi have not been as effective, and he looked all stranded and on his own at Brazil 2014.

The Fenerbache striker is also a marked man since his exploits at the 2013 afcon and many teams believe if they could stop him, they would have neutralised the Super Eagles as well.

Emenike has also made things easy for his opponents. For all his hard work, speed, power and commitment, Emenike has not shown enough tact and intelligence to lose his markers.

He is direct and very predictable, which makes it easier for defenders to mark him out of a game.

Ex-Nigeria international Jonathan Akpoborie said in an interview with AfricanFootball.com that Emenike has to do a lot more to now to end his goal drought in Eagles.

"I have watched Emenike for a long time now and personally, I believe he has a lot of power and speed, but he lacks a little in the skill department, which he needs to really work on,” said the former Wolfsburg striker.

"The midfield is not doing well enough to get balls across to him and this is contributing to his lack of goals,”

“But do we need to look for someone for him to get the goals every time? He too should try and add some skills to his power and speed and he will be among the best in the world.

“He has gone 11 games for the Eagles without a goal, and because we rely on him for the goals, we can see why our national team are not doing well at the moment.”

Akpoborie thinks his time is up for now and Nigeria should give another player a chance to lead the country’s strike force.

“As far as I am concerned, the coach should start looking elsewhere for another player to score goals for the team,” he said.

“This is a national team and he has to perform or the coach gets a new striker on board. We have many of them by the way."

“A player is only as good as his last game. That's football for you."

After a rather slow start in his international career, Emenike has scored 15 goals in 26 games for Eagles.

His goals drought is another test of his strong character. You could say he is still contributing to the team. Look at the way he created Odemwingie's winner against Bosnia and generally terrorised their defence with his pace and power.

He could do worse than learn from the likes of Alan Shearer and Roberto Mancini, both who overcame long droughts and subsequent pressure in their international careers.


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