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Who should Africans follow as the EFL Championship returns?

    Okoye Maduka

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    Rob Edwards’ claim that Daniel Bachmann, a German goalkeeper, will start every game for Watford this season—instead of Okoye—could pose a significant problem for Nigeria’s Super Eagles.

    Following Vincent Enyeama’s departure from the international stage and the ensuing years of goalkeeping problems, Okoye had started to seem like the West African giants’ long-term answer.

    After joining the Hornets from Sparta Rotterdam in November of last year, the goalkeeper was expected to play a significant role this season. However, he is currently fighting for a spot in the lineup, much alone the chance to lead Watford back to the Premier League.

    Kalu Samuel

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    Kalu, another Nigerian with something to prove at Watford, actually made his Hornets debut last season, unlike Okoye.

    He only played 222 minutes total throughout the season, and he failed to score or record an assist, therefore he didn’t have much of an influence.

    Truth be told, Kalu has found it difficult to capitalize on the promise he displayed with Girondins de Bordeaux during the 2018–19 season, but Watford will be hoping that he can match Emmanuel Dennis’ impact from last season now that the Hornets have slipped to the second tier.

    Seri, Jean Michael

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    Seri had an immediate impact for HullCity in their season opener, scoring the game-winning goal in the 93rd minute to give the Tigers all three points.

    It’s an early hint that Seri, who joined Hull on a free transfer after his rather surprise release by Fulham, could end up becoming the summer’s top Championship addition.

    Five years ago, the deep-lying playmaker was on the verge of transferring from OGC Nice to Barcelona. Although things at Craven Cottage eventually didn’t work out, Seri showed last season that he can succeed in English football.

    Jamilu Collins

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    Collins is experiencing a new environment after spending five years with SC Paderborn, where he gained fame on a global scale and experienced life in the Bundesliga.

    With 27, he will be in the prime of his career at Cardiff City, where his main goal will be to assist the Welsh powerhouses in making it to the Premier League.

    As Cardiff trounced Norwich City in their season opener, he worked flawlessly with Callum O’Dowda down the Bluebirds’ left flank. Sheyi Ojo’s presence should make the Welsh team a special subject of interest for Super Eagles supporters.

    Anjorin, Tino

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    Anjorin, a midfielder for Chelsea, has already appeared in the Premier League; he made his Blues debut in March 2020 against Everton at Stamford Bridge after coming on in place of Willian; nevertheless, he is currently out on loan as he competes for a spot in West London.

    After making an impression with the Terriers last season as they advanced to the playoff final, he is back on loan at Huddersfield Town this year.

    The Anglo-Nigerian, who has experience playing for Lokomotiv Moscow in the Russian Premier League, will now work to aid the Yorkshiremen’s return to the Premier League.

    Sarr Ismail

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    Sarr, the third Watford player on our list, is uncertain to continue at Vicarage Road after the transfer window closes.

    It makes sense that Premier League teams are scouting him, but it’s unclear whether anyone will be willing to pay the Hornets’ asking price considering the wideman’s failures in the top tier last season.

    Sarr might benefit from a return to the second tier; after all, the dynamic winger regained his best form two years ago when he contributed to 17 goals as Watford won promotion.


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