It’s difficult for me to play as a lone striker, says Ighalo as he condemns Rohr’s 3-2-3-1 formation

Ighalo who wants showdown talks with Super Eagles coach has taken loads of stick (stick uncountable) for his below-par performance in the Super Eagles’ Russia.

2018 World Cup opening match against Croatia in Kaliningrad on Saturday, and the Changchun Yatai star fears he could be made a scapegoat for the team’s failure in Russia.

Ighalo in Camp

The  former Watford goalscoring sensation flicked a header towards Croatia goalkeeper DanijelSubasic, which the collected easily, and that all he could contribute as the Eagles’ analogue approach that  saw them crashing  to a 2-0 loss to the Eastern Europeans in the Group D  fixture.

Our correspondent learnt that the former Grenada star, who last year joined the exodus to the Chinese Super League on a reported  £180,000 per-month wage,  allegedly  complained after  struggling to impress playing  as a lone striker  in the 1-0 defeat to Czech Republic in a pre-World  friendly in Austria.

It was learnt that Rohr believes his strength  and poaching skills  would benefit the team  by opening up holes for Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi to exploit  – and was not ready to listen to any complaints from a player who made his name playing the position most times at Watford.

Speaking to our correspondent after the Kaliningrad  encounter, Ighalo, who  clocked 29 on Saturday, said he was disappointed with the outcome of the Croatia fixture.

He  said they didn’t create many quality chances, apparently blaming that for his poor performance in the match.

The former Udinese player said the Eagles should accept the defeat is part of sport.

He said, “I did my best be we  didn’t create enough chances,” the former Flying Eagles captain  said.

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“We must work on our weaknesses ahead of the next match.”

Ighalo added, “It’s difficult to  play as a lone striker but the coach decides how we play. We have to decide the pattern we play (in subsequent matches).”


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