Super Eagles and Rangers defender Calvin Bassey has stated why he believes he can play as a striker if given the chance.
Last season, Rangers moved Bassey from his favoured left-back position to center defense.
In his improvised role, the kid was superb, helping Rangers reach the Europa League final and the Scottish Cup victory.
Bassey also declared on NFF TV that if his coach requests it, he will play everywhere, including as a striker.
“In terms of my preferred position for me, I just like to play football. Wherever the manager puts me, even as a striker, I’m going to go there and give everything I’ve got.
“And sometimes it depends on what my coach wants from me. We’ve seen many players (James) Milner, for example, they change his position. Sometimes he plays centre midfield, sometimes he plays on the left. It just depends who you are playing against and what the manager wants from you.”
Bassey was called up to the Super Eagles for the first time under former coach Gernot Rohr, but he never got the chance to play.
In March, he made his debut in the first leg of the 2022 World Cup qualification playoffs against Ghana.
Bassey admitted that he was surprised when he received his first invitation from the Eagles.
“I was shocked. I couldn’t believe it,” he admitted. “I just felt so privileged and blessed. I thank God every day because God is our strength. So I just feel blessed and privileged to be here and to represent my great nation.
“Playing for Nigeria, I don’t think I can put into words. We have over 200 million people behind our back every time we go on to the pitch. And just being able to make the 25 players in the squad representing them is a dream come through. We’ve got important games coming up. I just want to help the team anyway I can.”
And on his thoughts about the current crop of players in the Eagles:”One thing you can never doubt with Nigeria is the talent, we have some of the top young talents in the world. We have Chukwueze, Osimhen.
“I know there is always high expectations because we always have talents in the Nigeria squad so we will take each game as they come.”