June 13, 2024

Due to an injury sustained by Kyle Bartley during the 2-2 draw with Ipswich that required him to be substituted at halftime, Albion’s defense has been severely limited, forcing Nathaniel Chalobah to step in for 45 minutes.

In order to strengthen his team towards the end of the season, Carlos Corberan has stated that both AFCON stars, Ajayi and Grady Diangana, must make a quick recovery.

“They have embraced the global prospects,” Corberan stated to the Express & Star on February 12. But they must come here as soon as they’re done since the squad needs both players right now.

“Hopefully, Semi returns more quickly and prepared to fight. Right present, if you lose two weeks, you lose four games. I’m not sure how long it will take Bartley. It’s unfortunate that injuries in these games can go beyond two weeks, as we are talking about four and a half games.

The Nigerian media gave Ajayi a lot of credit for his performance at the AFCON since he was a key member of the defense, which was the team’s strength and the reason for their success.

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Nigerian news site All Nigeria Soccer praised the defender’s performance, giving him an 8 out of 10 rating and writing, “Arguably Nigeria’s standout player in the first half.”

“The center-back for West Brom displayed strong defensive play and made some well-timed challenges, emerging victorious in the majority of his duels.”

Victor Osimhen referred to him as a “warrior” because of his performance in the championship match, which fell short of the high standards he set during the competition. Nevertheless, he made three clearances and prevailed in two of his four aerial and three ground duels. [Sofascore]

Ajayi’s five tackles, one interception, and one clearing during the 120-minute semi-final against South Africa on penalties demonstrated a markedly improved performance.


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