PSV forward, Noni Madueke has espoused his Nigerian descent while speaking in a lengthy interview with Algemeen Dagblad.
The wonder kid has turned out as a revelation for the Dutch club since his promotion to the senior side early last year scoring 8 goals and providing 8 assists in all competitions.
The 18-year-old, who is also eligible to represent England, his country of birth, began his career in the youth team of Crystal Palace before transferring to Tottenham on a free in 2014. Although Spurs wanted to retain his services he expressed his wish to continue elsewhere, yet with Manchester United lurking with a contract, he chose the unorthodox route of leaving England at such a young age to Netherlands.
It has proven a shrewd move as he is currently one of the most valuable teenagers outside Europe’s big five leagues. The player is currently rehabilitating from a hamstring injury, giving him time to give his opinion on English youngsters leaving the UK for greener pastures.
“In March I will be 19 and I have already played a lot and also at a high level compared to almost all my [international] teammates. So yes, I already knew it was the right choice to come to the Netherlands and PSV.
“The boys ask me a lot about my experiences. Especially what first team football feels like. Most of them play in under 23 teams themselves, they don’t know that at all. Most of the guys on this list are friends, texting me after matches, saying ‘well done’, if I score.”
“A lot of these players would fit perfectly in the Eredivisie. I have been playing together with a talent like Miguel Azeez for a long time, he has Nigerian roots just like me.”
18-year-old Miguel Azeez scored a goal and provided two assists in his last game for Arsenal’s U23s.
He currently trains with the first team and has featured for Mikel Arteta’s side in the Europa League. He is expected to break into the first team in the nearest future.