Partizan Belgrade of Serbia striker, Sadiq Umar is raising eyebrows over his long running contract with AS Roma of Italy, as the Serie A club keep sending him out on loan, rather than give him the chance of making his mark in their main squad, and the youngster is now thinking of asking for a full contract elsewhere.
After excelling in Serbia, where he is shinning in the domestic league and equally helping Partizan make waves in the UEFA Europa League, Umar believes he has come of age and that he deserves something better from Roma.
Although he failed to hit top markls the previous season, while also on loan at Glasgow Rangers of Scotland, Umar insinuated that he could not settle down with The Gers because he was yanked away from NAC Breda of Holland at short notice.
Indeed, the Rio 2016 Olympic Games bronze medalist hit top form during his time at Breda, such that he would have loved to continue, and visiting Holland again with Partizan for Thursday’s Europa League fixture away to AZ Alkmaar set off a tingle in his nerves.
He recalled how he spent the second half of the 2017/18 season with Breda and how successful he was at the Dutch Eredivisie outfit, with which he hit five goals and three assists in 12 games, such that he would have loved to continue with them.
Nonetheless, Umar is now making waves with Partizan, where he has already struck 10 goals in 14 matches, making him the top Nigerian scorer in Europe for the current season, but the lanky youngster admits he will have to look critically at his contract, because he is not getting younger.
Umar told FOX Sports: “It is certainly not easy. As a young boy you try to pursue your dream. I played well at NAC, but I had to respect my contract. It is not easy for me, but I have to keep going. Hopefully I can go on a day settle down and be who I am. I came here when I was twenty. I learned a lot here. Hopefully I will return someday, but you can never say it in football.”
Tomori Has To Sit Up, Word Harder, Get Faster, Joe Cole Advises
Chelsea of England defender, Fikayo Tomori has received a wake up call for more efforts and better performances with the club, as a legend of The Blues, Joe Cole believes the Nigerian-born lad still has a lot more to learn in the game, megasportsarena.com reports.
Speaking against the backdrop of Tomori missing out of Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League fixture away to Valencia, Cole insinuated that the dark-skinned lad, who was born in Canada, could not get the nod because the opponents had fast attackers that could catch the English Premier League die flat-footed on the break.
Although there had also been doubts over Tomori’s fitness heading into the game at La Mastalla, Cole stressed that the youngster was actually dropped due to worries about how he would keep pace against Valencia, and Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard chose Andreas Christensen instead.
Cole told BT Sport: “Valencia are a team that will try and overload. I doubt whether they’ve got the power in their legs, the sprinters in the team. They’ve got threats but it’s not like you’re playing against a Raheem Sterling.
“They set up to have the ball and keep possession, so when you do that you’re playing in an expansive way. Maybe that’s why Frank’s gone with Christensen instead of Tomori, maybe he can just sure it up, I don’t know.”