A few weeks ago, we relayed some news that there was a good chance England U21 starlet Tammy Abraham could end up snubbing Gareth Southgate in order to represent Nigeria.
The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) revealed talks were underway to convince the Swansea striker to switch allegiances, and it seems even more progress has been made.
In an article on the NFF’s website, Amaju Pinnick, the federation’s president, stated another meeting had taken place, revealing ‘the talks are at an appreciable level now and all is looking good’.
However, what could have tipped the balance in Nigeria’s favour were some kind words from Chelsea defender Victor Moses, with the federation website explaining the 26-year-old ‘actually called in during the meeting to lend a voice to the call for Tammy to opt to fly with the Eagles rather than hunt with the Lions’.
Loaned by the wing-back’s club to Swansea for the whole season, Abraham has scored two goals in his first seven appearances for the Welsh club, trying to build on last year’s form when he scored 23 goals in all competitions for Bristol City.
Currently tied to Chelsea until 2022, it seems there’s a very good chance the 19-year-old could jump a few steps and quickly integrate Nigeria’s first-team in the near future rather than waiting for his chance with England, which could be who knows when.
With a qualification for the 2018 World Cup well underway, perhaps the youngster is already eyeing a spot on the plane to Russia next summer.