Nigeria eyes Chelsea youngster Ike Ugbo

first_imgRelatedPosts Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Chelsea sink Brighton to make winning start Chelsea youngster Ike Ugbo has become the latest England prospect to be targeted by Nigeria.Nigeria have been running the rule over 21-year-old hotshot Ugbo who has caught the eye after making a prolific start to his loan spell at Roda JC this season.Ugbo scored his fifth goal in just eight appearances, six of which have been starts, for the Dutch side at Telstar on Friday night and Nigeria had officials at the game to watch him having stepped up their interest.Striker Ugbo was born in Lewisham, south London and is eligible for Nigeria through his parents.He has played for England at under-17 and under-20 level, helping the latter squad win the 2017 Toulon Tournament.Nigeria were dealt a blow last week when Ugbo’s Stamford Bridge teammate Tammy Abraham was recalled to the England squad when they were hoping to persuade him to switch allegiance.The Premier League’s joint top scorer Abraham has featured twice for England in friendlies against Germany and Brazil but will not be tied down until he earns a competitive cap, which could come in either of the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic or Bulgaria.Nigeria’s attempts to swoop for eligible youngsters with dual nationality show no sign of slowing down and could now continue with Ugbo, having recently persuaded the likes of Alex Iwobi, Ola Aina and Chuba Akpom, who all represented England at youth level, to make the switch.Ugbo has shown admirable maturity by refusing to let a bizarre pay dispute disrupt his scoring form and is determined to continue making his mark in Holland. Tags: ChelseaIke UgboTelstarlast_img read more

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Angels’ top prospects Jo Adell, Griffin Canning among non-roster invitees to spring training

Jo Adell, earlier this week ranked the No. 2 prospect in baseball by Baseball Prospectus, is among the non-roster players the Angels have invited to major league spring training.Adell, 19, was also ranked the No. 6 prospect in baseball by Baseball America.The Angels’ top pick in the 2017 draft, Adell just hit .290 with 20 homers in his first full pro season, rising to Double-A.Right-hander Griffin Canning, the Angels’ second-round pick out of UCLA in 2017, was also invited to big league camp. Jose Suarez, the Angels No. 2 pitching prospect, will also be in camp, as a member of the 40-man roster. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Top prospects Jahmai Jones and Matt Thaiss have also been invited back for their second big league camp.Jared Walsh was invited to camp and listed as a two-way player. An outfielder and first baseman, Walsh began getting formal instruction as a pitcher in the fall.In all, the Angels invited 21 players. Pitchers Miguel Almonte, Alex Meyer, Matt Ramsey, Jeremy Rhoades, Forrest Snow and Canning; catchers Dustin Garneau, Jack Kruger, Julian Leon, Keinner Pina and Roberto Peña; infielders Wilfredo Tomar, Jones and Thaiss; outfielders Peter Bourjos, Brennan Lund, Jarrett Parker, Cesar Puello, Adell and Marsh; and Walsh.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error read more

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