Head coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria Gernot Rohr has dropped a mind-boggling hint about his move towards bringing Southampton 21-year old star Nathan Tella for the the Nigerian senior national team.
The German coach who has been in charge of the West African country’s national side for the past three years had been working towards bringing the very best around Europe for the national.
According to him, he has been monitoring the situation at Southampton, and he believes the young winger would most likely play Nigeria in the upcoming AFCON Qualifiers for 2021.
“In Southampton, I’m still watching Nathan Tella, it’s great to see he’s now making starts in the Premier League,” said the Franco-German as published by Owngoalnigeria.
As per Rohr, the main aim is to get the best legs for the Nigerian national team even as he continues with his task to rebuild the country’s national team setup for the future.
Tella was impressive for Southampton as he came on for Moussa Djenepo in the 35th minute against Liverpool in the Premier League after the experienced winger was substituted as a result of a hamstring injury.
Tella played a key role as Southampton forced out a win out of Liverpool, despite intense pressure from the Anfield giants throughout the game.
At 1-0, Southampton continued to dominate their half despite Liverpool’s threat, keeping the score until the end of the game.
The stats, how Nathan Tella has continued to shine and the chances of making it to the Nigerian national team
This season, he’s had over five appearances in the Premier League, even though it is not at the height many would expect. But for a start, he can continue from there and the recent injury on Djenepo could help him gather more minutes for the rest of the season.
After over ten years with Premier League outfit Arsenal at youth level, Tella later moved on to Reading and Norwich City before signing for Southampton in 2017. His contract was further extended for another three years in July 2020.
Tella is currently eligible to play for Nigeria and the England national team.