Nigerian Football Unai Emery opens new opportunity for Samuel Chukweze at Villarreal

Unai Emery opens new opportunity for Samuel Chukweze at Villarreal

It became clear to the Nigerian that his role at Villarreal could be limited after Villarreal announced the signing of Real Madrid Japanese youngster takefusa Kubo on loan.

At the start, this new development played out as the former Arsenal coach started playing the Japanese instead of Chukweze, who was an integral member of Villarreal’s first team last season.

Kubo’s signing may not be unrelated with his form in the La Liga 2 after he helped inch closer to promotion.

However, as the season progressed further, the chances of Kubo became limited as he became poor in front of goal. His goal scoring as well creating abilities became limited, which his parent club Real Madrid thought it was as a result of lesser role in the first team.

Kubo 19, managed 13 appearances with three goals which appear not to be enough as a player regarded as one of the hottest prospects in the Spanish La Liga within the last two seasons.

Speaking about Kubo’s future, Unai Emery made it clear there’s no place for the Japanese at the club

“We are not here to give a player ten games in a row if he doesn’t perform,” said Emery. “He is given a match and he must earn more. It is valid for the youth players and everyone. There is a requirement here and that is to win. “ as cited by 101 Great Goals.

A new opportunity for Samuel Chukweze at Villarreal



It is not easy to steal the heart of a new manager within a short time. But for the few times he’d played under Emery, he has instilled trust and the manager has already considered him worthy in the team.

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Kubo’s possible departure will pave way for Chukweze to strive as a striker. Emery at most times used to play him at the right flanks even though he can drive through from central midfield.

The 21-year old Nigerian who’s added his name as one of Nigeria’s contingent that has played for the Yellow Submarines after Ikechukwu Uche and the likes.

Samuel Chukweze’s stats, how they compare to his previous performance

So far this season, he has managed 14 domestic appearances (La Liga), and four games to come in the UEFA Europa League, which saw them advance to the next round of the competition, facing Austrian Bundesliga club Red Bull Salzburg.



A total of 18 appearances with two goals might not be termed two small for a player that has contributed a lot to the team’s growth this season.

Ibiye Ambille
Ibiye Ambille
Ibiye Ambille is a senior editor at Interesting Football, specializing in news reporting and analysis. Love's football, follows the game with passion.
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