Babatunde Michael is super talent who ought to be doing his thing in the Eagles middle even though coach Gernot Rohr keeps overlooking him as IKENWA NNABUOGOR wonders why..
Talent is like an open wound, only using it at the right time will only benefit everyone, including Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr.
The super talent in question is Babatunde Michael, the mercurial midfielder in the middle of the park for Moroccan giants Wydad Casablanca, who has continued to make bold statements for his deserved Eagles inclusion since late coach Stephen Keshi spotted him and added him to the Eagles mix.
It was so glaring that Eagles’ midfield needed some creativity at the last AFCON even though the team reached the last four in Egypt.
Babatunde is an essential commodity in the midfield, a player with flair with incredible eye for goals. Eagles would have been happier had they had him.
Only Rohr could explain why he saw no need for Babatunde when it was evidently clear the Eagles midfield needed extra energy and imagination to push things harder going forward.
Michael proved he was a top commodity when he dazzled at the Brazil 2014 World Cup though injury didn’t let him show himself well, but he had done well enough to prove he was worth his selection.
His short, but monumentally eventful Eagles stay left the fans wondering why he had been overlooked in the first place. His superb tactical and technical awareness endeared him to many who had hoped he had come to stay.
Babatunde is a complete midfielder: daring, intelligent, bold, bullish, skilful and a consummate goal scorer.
He is never a midfielder to shy away from his responsibilities, he takes them headlong and with some measured assurance.
He chased financial security to Qatar, but he didn’t seem to hold anything back as he proved his mettle big time at Brazil 2014.
He returned to Africa for the second time to pitch tent with his former club’s arch rivals Wydad to continue where he left off after commanding the midfield with dexterity in the green half of Casablanca.
He has also refused to look back since he returned to Morocco to propel his multiple-time Moroccan champions in the Botola League and the CAF Champions League.
Rohr has seen much of this super talent, and watchers keep wondering why he’s tarrying in bringing him just as the fans’ patience is running out for his return.