Highly rated Nigeria’s Kelechi Nwakali leaves Arsenal for Spain
London, Sep 3, 2019 (AltAfrica)– Young Arsenal forward, Kelechi Nwakali has joined Spanish Segunda Division side, SD Huesca in a permanent deal.
Former Golden Eaglets star and highly rated creative midfielder Kelechi Nwakali did not feature at all for the Arsenal senior team.
The Nigeria international joined the Gunners in 2016 after captaining Nigeria at the 2015 Under-17 World Cup, where he won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.
When Arsenal signed Kelechi Nwakali three years ago, it was hoped that the midfielder could eventually go on to become an important player for the club.
It certainly hasn’t worked out like that, with the Nigerian youth international, now aged 21, having left the club permanently
Work permit problems were a major factor behind Nwakali being unable to make the breakthrough, but it also has to be taken into consideration that some of his loan spells were very disappointing, especially last season when he struggled to make any sort of impact for Porto’s B side.
It is clear, though, that Nwakali possesses some quality at least, with his impressive technique and penchant for playing slick passes.
Whether he can ever display those qualities on a consistent basis remains to be seen, but he is now ready to commence a new chapter of his career after enduring much frustration in recent years.
During Nwakali’s initial loan spell, at MVV Maastricht, he showed some encouraging signs and it was expected that he could subsequently push on and take his game to the next level.
He spent the first half of the 2017/18 season on loan at VVV Venlo in the Eredivisie, before joining MW Maastricht. During these two loan spells he made 30 appearances.
This summer Nwakali trained at London Colney but it seemed clear that he was waiting for a deal to materialise and Arsenal didn’t have any intention of giving him opportunities to impress, even at U23 level.
Nwakali’s signing certainly made sense when he signed, coming off the back of him being crowned the player of the tournament as Nigeria won the U17 World Cup.
It is a shame that what followed didn’t go to plan, but now Nwakali has an opportunity to show that he can still have a successful career elsewhere.
SD Huesca are currently placed 6th in the Segunda Division after winning two and losing one of the three matches played so far.