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‘Ighalo should seriously consider Eagles return’- Etim

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Former Super Eagles midfielder, Etim Esin, has advised Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo to come out of international retirement.

The former Watford striker, 31, announced his retirement from the national team last July, after helping the Eagles clinch bronze at the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt, where he finished as tournament’s top scorer with five goals. Ighalo, who joined the Red Devils in January, has been impressive for the club, scoring five goals in 11 appearances in all competitions. Etim said Ighalo’s inclusion in the Eagles would impact on the younger players in the team, adding that it would help build their confidence.

“I think this is a job for the coach (Gernot Rohr), he’s the one in charge and he should try and convince Ighalo to rescind his decision on retirement from the national team,” Esin told The PUNCH on Wednesday. “Ighalo’s return to the Eagles will help to boost the confidence level of younger strikers in the team and this will help us going forward.

“Samuel Chukwueze, Victor Osimhen and others would benefit from his experience if the coach brings him back.

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Bamfords’s impressive hat-trick inspires Leeds win as Villa taste defeat

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It was a marvelous performance by Marcelo Biyelsa’s side on Friday as Leeds United smashed Aston Villa by 3 goals to nil, all coming from the Englishman Patrick Bamford.

Leeds came into the game with confidence, hoping for a win after a poor performance at home to Wolves, and a win against Sheffield United.

 

Villa came into Friday’s game having won their first four games of a league campaign for the first time since 1930-31, but three expert finishes from the Leeds striker prevented the hosts making it a club record five victories on the spin to open their season.

The result lifts Leeds to third – their highest position at the end of a day in the division since September 2002.

It was reward for a relentlessly positive performance from an injury-hit visiting side that should probably have yielded more goals.

 

In the first-half, Bamford missed with a header and then side-footed wide after being found by Jack Harrison’s low cross at the end of swift counter-attacking move.

Leeds’ record signing Rodrigo was also guilty of spurning good opportunities, slicing one shot wide before seeing an effort blocked by Ezri Konsa.

 

Dean Smith’s Villa team, who had put seven goals past champions Liverpool in their previous home game, saw a Jack Grealish shot cleared off the line by Luke Ayling after the ball had fallen to the midfielder from Trezeguet’s miscued shot.

Villa’s captain also went close with a saved effort from close range after he had shown great tenacity and skill to carry the ball from within his own half.

 

But Bamford had the decisive say, finding the corner of the net at the 55th minute from just a few yards out after Emiliano Martinez had palmed out Rodrigo’s low shot.

If his first was simple, his second and third were stunning – a rising effort into the top corner from 20 yards after he was found by Mateusz Klich on 67 minutes and a dug out, curling finish following Helder Costa’s low ball seven minutes later.

 

This spectacular hat-trick from Bamford has him breaking records in the Premier League, becoming the second player to score six goals in Leeds first six matches this season, only Eric Cantona in 1992-1993 has scored as many goals for the club at this stage of the season in a Premier League Campaign.

 

Patrick Bamford is also the 9th Leeds player to score a PL hat-trick and the first since Mark Viduka away at Charlton in April 2003.

 

Leeds are now two points and a place behind Villa, who remain second, a point behind leaders Everton.

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