Michael Akpovie Olise, English born Nigeria and France Attacking midfielder and winger who was close to making his super eagles debut but was held back by understandable reasons.
The young promising Attacking midfielder who can also play as a winger was close to receiving an invitation to the Nigerian senior team, but could not do do due to international travel restriction placed at that time.
If the travel restrictions wer not in place, he would have already seen himself in the green and white jersey for the first.
In a bid to represent his country, Michael Olise was already targeted by France and England.
Born in Hammersmith, a district of west London, the English capital, he was quickly drafted into the french U18 youth setup in 2019, despite having England as his country of birth.
In 2021, he is already 19-years old but has decided not to turn his back on his direct African roots despite having England and France as his first and second choice respectively.
How Michael Olise was selected to represent France at the youth level
Olise has up to three countries at his disposal.
His mother is a French-Algerian which made him eligible to represent the french country.
He was handed a call up by the French Football Federation youth coach for the famous Toulon Tournament back in 2019, making his debut Asian side Qatar.
The French Youth team handlers knew what he would bring to the team and for the senior team which fast tracked the process of keeping him.
You all might have seen the high number of non european players representing the french country at international competitions including the FIFA World Cup and the European Championship.
For England, he would have easily made his way through the youth ranks of the English system. His brother Richard already plays for the English youth setup.
But his brilliance with Reading forced the french side to make the first move.
Choosing Nigeria over the two countries
It came as a surprise to many how Michael Olise opted to represent Nigeria, his father’s native land over an opportunity to play at senior level for England and France.
He is a creative footballer capable of adding spice to his team when he is needed the most.
Choosing Nigeria, he turned down England and France to do so.
At least he was rewarded for his patriotism with an invitation sent to him ahead of the 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifiers against the Benin Republic and Lesotho.
Although he was not included in the list of players that prosecuted the all-important games. Olise was placed on the standby list of players for games that saw Nigeria victors in the two games.
The real story behind the reason to keep him on the standby list
The Super Eagles Franco-German manager Gernot Rohr had explained why the 19-year old could not make it into the team ahead of the games.
According to the coach who has been in charge of the team for over five years, Olise was held back by international travel restrictions placed at that time.
This was because of the response by the government to further prevent a possible spread of the coronavirus across the country.
“Michael Olise is a player we put on the standby list but he could not come because finally there were some restrictions and he could not travel, like other players,” Rohr said to Elegbete TV Sports via Thisdaylive.
“In France we had Kalu, Moffi could not come, that’s why I took in the last moment local players to replace them.” the manager added.
The stats behind Olise success which triggered the late call up for the Super Eagles
In the 2020/2021 football season, the young attacker has scored a total of six goals in the league.
His overall team player is the main reason behind Gernot Rohr’s push to hand him his first senior appearances.
Style of play – What he is expected to bring
The young promising player who can play as an attacker, midfielder and winger is left-footed with brilliant skills which have helped Reading’s quest for a return to the premier league.
The club failed to make it into the promotion playoffs position in the EFL Championship Premier League promotion playoffs after finishing outside the top six.
With the new season already in sight, Reading is expected to learn from the past mistake in a bid to return stronger for a fight in the race for Premier League promotion in the nearest future.
In total, Michael Olise has made over 69 appearances for Reading since moving from Manchester City in 2016.
He played for Chelsea and Manchester City as a youth development player before switching to Reading.
For the Super Eagles of Nigeria, the expectations are high. The country need players in the wings and the midfield, even though the availability of Paul Onuachu, Victor Osimhen, Simy Nwankwo had already covered the attack.
This means, Coach Gernot Rohr would just assign roles to him in the midfield or from the flanks
For the country’s needs, the midfield has been a major problem since the departure of John Obi Mikel, who was a team leader during his time with the national team.
The middle of the park requires more players capable of handling it effectively. With the African Cup of Nations in 2021 as well as the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers upon us, Michael Olise would be a valuable asset for Nigeria.
The upcoming fixtures means a lot for the county’s football.
In the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, Nigeria will face Central African Republic, Cape Verde Islands and Liberia. These fixtures would determine whether the country will be heading to qatar 2022 or not.
Michael Olise is expected to make the final squad for the all-important Qualifiers when the FIFA international window opens up in June.
Is he making the squad for the qualifiers? According to the words of the Coach, the player would have already wore the nations green and white jersey. But was held back by international travel restrictions.
However, his official invitation could be from June when the qualifiers behind.
Interesting Read: Nigeria Super Eagles Squad
The Top 10 Managers in the EFL in 2024
Outside of the English Premier League, there are many exceptional young managers learning their trade in the EFL. This...
Forest Green Rovers vs Wrexham AFC TV Channel and Live Stream
Following the narrow win over Tranmere Rovers, struggling Forest Green will host promotion hopefuls Wrexham AFC at The New Lawn....
Wigan Athletic vs Bolton Wanderers FC TV channel and where to watch
Mid-table Wigan Athletic will host promotion hopefuls Bolton Wanderers at the DW Stadium on Tuesday evening. Wigan bounced back from...
Leyton Orient vs Blackpool FC TV channel and where to watch online
Leyton Orient go into Tuesday’s game with a strong motivation following their impressive 2-1 win over Oxford United on the...
Derby County vs Charlton Athletic TV channel and where to watch online
More actions in the EFL League One continue on Tuesday evening across the United Kingdom as Derby County welcomes Charlton...
Burton Albion vs Carlisle United FC TV Channel and Where to watch online
At the Pirelli Stadium on Tuesday evening, Burton Albion faces another test as Carlisle United visits Stoke on Trent. After...
Chelsea FC U21 vs Norwich City FC U21 TV Channel and where to watch online
In the round of 16 of the English Premier League Cup, Chelsea will tackle Norwich City for a place in...
West Bromwich Albion U21 vs Arsenal FC U21 TV Channel and Where to watch 2024
Inconsistent West Bromwich Albion welcomes Arsenal to Keys Park in round nine of the English Premier League 2. It has...
Where to watch Coventry City vs Maidstone United on TV and live-streaming
In one Monday night football action in the UK, Coventry City FC will tackle Maidstone United in the fourth round...
Could Man City Face Relegation from the Premier League?
In the world of football, few controversies have stirred as much debate and speculation as the ongoing saga surrounding Manchester...
Al-Nassr vs Al Feiha TV channel UK & live stream Wed February 2024
Al Nassr will tackle Al Feiha as hostilities in the AFC Champions League continue on Wednesday evening. The Saudi Pro...
Green Pitches, Bright Futures: The Role of Football Academies in Tanzania
A quiet revolution is taking place in the heart of Tanzania, where the passion for football runs as deep as...
Top 10 English Football Managers out of work 2024
English football managers are some of the biggest in coaching at the game’s highest level. England has been a football...
Tottenham Hotspur U21 vs Peterborough U21 TV Channel and Where to watch
Spurs impressive form in the Premier League Cup will be challenging by visiting Peterborough United on Saturday afternoon. The Lillywhites...
Bristol City vs Leeds United: TV Channel and Where to watch online
Another Friday night Championship football as Bristol City takes on in form Leeds United. The Robins are now winless in...
Top 20 Most valuable young players (Under 21) in the world 2024
Under 21 years old, players are gradually dominating the top spot in football rankings, especially in terms of market value....
Top 20 most valuable footballers in the world 2024 – per Transfermarkt
One of the areas often looked at is the football players market value. The English Premier League, La Liga, Italian Serie...
Top 10 Best Captains in the Premier League (EPL) right now 2024
Captains play a significant role in football, and the EPL is not short of some of the best. Man City,...
Premier League squad values 2024 per Transfermarkt
Ranking the Premier League squad values for the 2023/2024 campaign. But how much are Premier League squads worth? According to...
Top 10 Best football captains in the world 2024
Captains are the leaders of the team, and the success of every team depends on who is in charge of...