Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr says he is monitoring the exploits of Simy Nwankwo but insisted his chances of returning to the Super Eagles are very slim.
Simy Nwankwo is currently one of the hottest strikers in Serie A this season, haven scored 19 goals with lowly rated Crotone.
The lanky forward scored a brace against Parma last weekend to become Nigeria’s most successful striker in the history of Italia calcio with 29 goals in total.
Despite his rich run of form, the 28-year-old has not played for his country since the 2018 World Cup when he featured as a last-minute substitute in a 2-1 defeat to Argentina.
When asked about Nwankwo’s chance of returning to national team set up in a chat with EuropaCalcio, Rohr said competition for places is very high but advised the striker to move to a better club to boost his chances of nicking a place in his team.
“I know Simy very well, it was me who called him for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He performed well at that competition, after which he played for some time in the Italian Serie B. I have never forgotten about him and have always observed him, not just now that he is doing so well.”
However, the competition is huge: we have Osimhen, Iheanacho from Leicester, and Onuauchu from Genk, who are very similar to Simy in terms of features and physical structure. Without forgetting Sadiq and Ighalo.”
“So it is very difficult to be part of the Nigeria attack, we have very good players. As I said before, I have never stopped following his performances, but I believe that next year he must go and play in a club and in a team that is stronger than Crotone. It will not be equally easy, but he would already have a better chance of returning to the national team “.