Former Mali international Frederic Kanoute, has tipped Super Eagles youngster Samuel Chukwueze to win the prestigious African Player of The Year award in the not too distant future.
Speaking recently, Kanoute, who emerged Most valuable player at the 1999 U-20 world cup singled out Chukwueze and Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey as Africa’s leading lights in the Spanish La Liga.
According to him, both players have what it takes to win the award, which has not been won by a La Liga based Player since the Malian won it 13 years ago.
“La Liga has exciting players that can win the African Footballer of the Year award, Thomas Partey is doing very well now. We also have Samuel Chukwueze, who is still young and playing very well for Villarreal. I know he will be in contention for the award in years to come,” he said.
He however urged the Nigerian to improve on his overall team performance so as to hit his full potentials.
“Football has the technical part, the tactical part and the mental part as well, which is very important. If he keeps a very high level of discipline and work ethics, I think he is a kid that can be very impressive in the coming months and years for La Liga.
“So, it depends on how much dedication he is going to put into his work and if he becomes a little bit more decisive, maybe scoring more goals, and being more decisive in terms of assists, because at the end of the day, he is going to be judged by his stats, it doesn’t matter that he can do three step overs and dribble people, if he doesn’t have an impact on his team, it’s going to be very difficult.
“He will learn that, he is still young, so, I wish him all the best,” Kanoute added.
The Eagles winger has four goals and four assists in 30 appearances for Villarreal this season.