Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr raved about the qualities of the two Super Eagles players on the books of Bordeaux in the shape of Samuel Kalu and Josh Maja.
Kalu has become an important player for the national team since the conclusion of the 2018 World Cup while the former Sunderland starlet is knocking on the Nigeria door following a string of fine performances for Bordeaux.
“Samuel Kalu is a fast winger, dribbler who can easily eliminate any opponent. He can play on the right, he can play on the left, he is a real winger who can help a little behind obviously like any winger should do in the defensive phase,” Rohr was quoted as saying.
Highlighting Kalu’s strength, the former Bordeaux manager said: “His strengths are dribbling, speed, shots on goal. He can score nice goals as he has done with us, especially against Benin.
“He gave us the victory from the left, by shooting a magnificent ball. He has a very pleasant character in a group.”
Rohr went on to praise the attacking qualities of Maja, labeling him a ‘ real goalscorer’ and hinted at handing him an invitation to the Super Eagles in future, provided he is not out of favour at Bordeaux.
“It’s the same for Josh Maja, a very young player, who comes from England and who we already had in our scouting list, when he signed for Girondins.
“He hinted at his talent several times, he joined us for the match in Ukraine. Everything obviously depends on the playing time he can have, he is a real goalscorer.
“He is a scorer who is also technical, who certainly has a great future too, in a style of speed, of movement. Very good mentality too.
“I saw them both at the Haillan training center, and it’s very nice to have good players like that at the Girondins,” added Rohr.
Maja has been included in Bordeaux’s 20-man provisional squadlist for the Ligue 1 game against Nantes on Sunday evening while Kalu was not named in the traveling party amid speculation linking him with a transfer before the close of the January transfer window.