This article will highlight key attributes and qualities Christopher Nwaeze will bring to fix Akwa United’s defence. Let get into details on how Nwaeze can fit perfectly into new boss Deji Ayeni’s system.
Akwa United are on the verge of completing a move for Kwara United captain Christopher Nwaeze with multiple reports suggesting that the player has already agreed personal terms to sign for free.
Nwaeze has developed into a real commander and leader and being a defender, he has all the attributes Akwa United would look out for. He is strong in the air, good in one v one situations and technically, he is very good, and can thrive in any system.
He is a strong character with leadership skills that could be translated onto the pitch. And looking at Akwa United this season, the squad has been lacking a true leader in the dressing room since the departure of Olisa Ndah. This attitude inspires those around him and sets an example to the rest of his teammates.
The Nigerian defender plays with passion and you could see that during his time at Kwara United. When he lines up on the field, he is ready to put his body in line to block shots, and goes up against opposing strikers and forwards. Passion for the game can only take you so far, but Nwaeze also has talent and a high football IQ accumulated.
He can read the game and break up plays without exposing his co defenders to dangers. To further make his game simple, he makes the right decision and play it safe. This is what makes him perfect for Ayeni’s system who had David Sholumade do the job for him while at Sunshine Stars.
Nwaeze is a decent passer and a technical player. Deji Ayeni does like to control possession and play high line which requires his centre-backs to usually be the ones building up the play from the back.
While at Kwara United, Nwaeze was averaging around 78.5 passes per game with a 96% success rate. Among those passes Nwaeze was making around 23 forward passes each game which was among the highest for a defender last season. These stats show how much he contributes to his team in a build-up and adds value to the team during ball possession.
Speaking about physicality, Christopher Nwaeze is also a great reader of the game. He is very good at anticipating where the opposition is going to move whether between the lines or an overlap. He also possesses great pace when chasing down opponents.
The Nigeria Professional Football League is known to be fast paced and players barely have any time to work with the ball. Nevertheless, Nwaeze is familiar with this reality and would not succumb to the pressure and would remain composed.
Deji Ayeni likes his team to keep the ball without clearing it most of the time no matter how much pressure the opposition is putting on. This leaves his team exposed by leaving many spaces that would allow players such as Ubong Friday or Wisdom Fernando to go through.
Correspondingly, just like Akwa United center-back, Samson Gbadebo, Nwaeze has the ability to force strong passes into forward players which is a great attribute in quick transitional plays.
To crown it all, Christopher Nwaeze is a fantastic defender with extensive experience on the highest stages. He would prove to be a great leader in the dressing room. His composure and mobility while with the ball will be crucial.