Summer Scout - Nnamdi Oduamadi
The Summer Scout eyes Nigerian forward Nnamdi Oduamadi, spotted at the Confederations Cup.
Last Updated: 21/05/14 12:04pm
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The latest player to be spotlighted is Nigeria's Nnamdi Oduamadi.
The scout reports...
After Nnamdi Oduamadi hit the headlines at the Confederations Cup as he claimed a hat-trick against Tahiti, we check on the man many feel could be Nigeria's next big thing.
Oduamadi has been on the footballing ladder for some time, having been spotted on the streets of Lagos aged just seven, and he was signed up by the Pepsi Football Academy - which has previously helped the likes of John Obi Mikel and Elderson progress into the professional game.
In 2008 he was invited to Italy to test at Milan and after a month-long stint they offered him a deal, but issues over his visa meant the move was delayed until early January when his first taste of the Rossoneri was playing in the Viareggio tournament.
Oduamadi spent two years in the youth squad and was part of the side that won the Coppa Italia Primavera in 2010, the first time Milan had won the prestigious tournament in a quarter of a century.
His progress had not gone unchecked and he was actually involved in a big-money transfer as half of his registration was sold to Genoa for £2million as part of the Sokratis Papastathopoulos move.
Despite Genoa buying half his rights, he was loaned back to Milan and made his first-team debut in September against Catania - but that proved his only performance of the season and he spent the remainder of the campaign with the youth side.
In spite of playing just once for the Milan first-team, he received his first senior call-up for Nigeria - coming on against Kenya.
Later in 2011 and Genoa and Milan had to resolve their co-ownership and it went in favour of the latter, but he was immediately loaned to Torino where he enjoyed his first real campaign in the first team - playing 11 times.
A year later and he was again sent on loan to a Serie B side and he played a big part in Varese's good campaign, helping them to seventh place as he featured in 16 games.
By now a regular in the Nigerian squad, he was included in their Confederations Cup line-up and he showed his potential with a hat-trick against lowly Tahiti.
Milan are considering using Oduamadi this season on the back of his performances in Brazil.
Oduamadi has spent most of his career to date as a winger, but he is equally adept as a striker. His skills and quick feet mean it is easy to see why he is played out wide, along with his eye for a pass - which at times is outstanding.
But he has shown he can finish, and the fact Milan are considering using him shows just how far he has come in recent years.
The scout says...
Oduamadi is a real talent and he has honed his skills well at Milanello in recent years, but it remains to be seen if he will be allowed that chance to break into the first team.
Oduamadi has shown on the international stage already that Nigeria are confident that they do have a new star on their hands, it is now for him to show that on the domestic front.
The Scout rating...
Shooting: 7 out of 10
Passing: 7 out of 10
Tackling: 5 out of 10
Heading: 6 out of 10
Pace: 8 out of 10
Vision: 7 out of 10
Current ability: 7 out of 10
Potential ability: 10 out of 10
OVERALL SCOUT RATING:57/80
Current value: £4million
Potential value: £25million
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