William Troost-Ekong is thrilled to be among the new generation of young talent now making waves in the Super Eagles.
The Watford star said he was impressed by the performances of Nigerian players in Europe last season.
Paul Onuachu emerged top scorer in Belgium, while Victor Osimhen overcame a bad start to finish the Serie A season strongly for Napoli. He has carried on from there in pre-season, already getting his goal tally started.
Kelechi Iheanacho was a player reborn at Leicester City last season and carried on this season when he scored the winning goal to hand the Foxes the Community Shield over his former club Manchester City.
For Troost-Ekong, it is a sign that Nigerian players are making huge progress as they prepare to make another run at the World Cup.
“It’s a really exciting time to be part of the Super Eagles,” he said. “We’ve got a healthy rivalry between the players that are playing for the same positions within the team.
“Everyone wants to make sure that they are contributing and holding their own. And I think there’s so much credit due to Paul, Kelechi, Victor, and all of the boys, in all the top leagues in Europe.
“They have all had their moments where people have questioned them. And I can remember that maybe only two years ago, there was a lot of conversation about who’s going to score the goals for Nigeria’, Troost-Ekong told ESPN.
“And here we are, we’ve got goals coming from every angle. So yeah, it’s all credit to the boys. I think that’s one of the most exciting things about this team, that I’m really happy to be part of.
“We have a lot of young players who are really eager to prove themselves and they have the best part of their career still ahead of them.”