Rising Stars- Stephen Odey

Youngster Stephen Odey is somewhat of a household name for those who are keen followers of Nigerian football. The 19-year-old has bursted onto the scene and is looking like the next big star to come from West Africa. Just this season he has racked up 6 goals and is leading the goal scorer in the NPFL and is already close to beating his tally of 9 goals from the previous season. Flying high with side MFM FC, Odey’s great form has not gone unnoticed as various clubs in Europe are reported to be keeping the talent on their radars.

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At just 19 years old Odey has made big impressions in Nigerian football in his 2 seasons in the top flight. Last season he scored 9 goals and helped his side MFM FC survive relegation. His great run of scoring form made him a target for some of the big sides in Nigeria who offered him a contract but respectfully he declined to continue his development and to say it paid off well is an understatement. Odey has hit the ground running scoring 6 goals already this season including a hat trick on game week 3. This goal scoring form has lead his side to the very heights of the Nigerian top flight.

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It was reported that Bastia offered the young talent a trial but unfortunately due to Work permit issues he was not able to join. This did not bring him down but in fact pushed him harder and the results are showing with the great form both him and MFM FC are in. It has also been rumoured that Spanish side Valencia are keeping a close eye on the 19-year-old. Stephen Odey is a player who possess a great amount of pace and is a fantastic dribbler which makes him a huge threat to the defenders in the league. At such a young age, he has a fantastic goal scoring ability and it makes you wonder why he is not playing in Europe yet. Odey has been likened to Manchester United player Anthony Martial by many Nigerians.

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If Odey can keep up this prolific form, then I have no doubt in my mind that he will eventually get his dream move to Europe and will leave his mark in years to come. Although saying this the step up from where he is now to where he will be next season is a huge step up and he must be ready. We don’t know what will happen but one thing is for certain is that Odey has a big future and only he can shape it.

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