Meanwhile, Victor Moses was tearing up the Legia back line in the Europa League with a cockiness that belied (or perhaps highlighted) his youth, and Emmanuel Dennis was probably wondering if he would be selected to represent his country at the Africa Cup of Nations.
In recent years, Emmanuel Dennis has been touted as Nigeria's "ace in the hole." However, seeing Chidera Ejuke's most recent performances, it is possible that Gernot Rohr will call on him when a moment of magic is necessary this summer.
Both have been in commanding form recently, with Moses in particular rising to a new level of excellence.
Is Dennis truly so concerned about missing out on AFCON 2021 because of the contributions of the three players while they have been on the field?
Compared to the Russian wingers, Dennis has a significant advantage in terms of goals scored and assists provided. At this point, he has a total of six goals and five assists to his credit.
When it comes to accurate passes, there isn't much to choose between the three players, but Moses stands out in terms of the number of accurate crosses he produces per game; something that Rohr will no doubt take note of given the importance of such things in the world's most prestigious football competition.
Moses could be a crucial option based just on one factor. As it is one thing to have the necessary speed and cunning to get into a crossing position, it is quite another to execute a successful crossing.
Ejuke also has a significant advantage over his two prospective opponents for a Nigerian national team spot in terms of dribbles won, and he wins a larger percentage of tackles each game than either of the other two men in the competition.
Dennis, on the other hand, has won more free kicks and made more interceptions, which bodes well for his ability to both create chances from set-pieces and carry out his defensive responsibilities in the future.
However, in reality, the only thing that may keep Dennis from making the final roster is an injury.. When he is fit and fire, his ability to cross, dribble, and win tackles ensures that he cannot be overlooked on the field.
It is critical that the Watford man be given the opportunity to shine during the games, but Rohr is unlikely to overlook the positive impact he has when he is on the field of play.
After all, it is preferable to have more catalysts on the field and on the bench than it is to have players who lack the ability to change the course of events when necessary.
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