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Torino Target Permanent Aina Move From Chelsea

Torino Target Permanent Aina Move From Chelsea

By Adeboye Amosu

 

Italian outfit, Torino, are looking to sign Nigeria defender, Ola Aina on a permanent deal from English Premier League side, Chelsea in January, Completesportsnigeria. com reports.

 

Aina linked up with Walter Mazzari’s men on a one-year loan deal from Chelsea in August and has impressed during his stay at the club.

 

He was voted man-of-the-match in Torino’s penultimate league clash against Fiorentina which ended in a 1-1 draw.

 

The 22-year-old earned a game rating of 8.0, completing 77% of his passes, making 2 key passes and hitting the woodwork once in the game.

 

Aina also won a game-high of 10 duels, made 2 clearances, 1 interception and completed 100% of his tackles.

 

According to a report in Italian online news outlet, tuttosport.com, Torino are keen on activating the €10m purchase option inserted in the loan agreement.

 

Aina penned a new three-year deal with Chelsea prior to completing the loan move to Torino.

 

The versatile full-back who signed for Chelsea as an under-11 and made his youth team debut as a schoolboy in the 2012–13 season has made only three league appearances for the club.

 

He spent the 2017/2018 campaign on loan with English Championship club, Hull City making 44 appearances.

 

Aina has featured in all of Torino’s 10 league games this season, with seven starts and three substitute appearance.

 

COMMENTS

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  • Dr. Drey 2 weeks ago

    See how being an international player as impacted on this boy’s club career…? Before choosing to rep Nigeria, this kid was seen more as a championship material by most pundits. I am sure Alex Iwobi would have been shown the exit door from arsenal at the end of last season if not for the leverage of being an international player for a big footballing nation like Nigeria, as well as his world cup experience. Infact most English fans used to wish ‘he performs for arsenal the way he performs in his national team’. For those who retire abruptly form international football….I hope they have learnt their lessons… Vincent Enyeama, Ike Uche, Emmanuel Emmenike, and most recently Victor Moses…he who has hears, let him hear.

    • Hmmm… Word! It’s true ooo, those guys’ superstar careers started nosediving after they dumped the SE. Nice observation/analysis. A player invited to his national team more for his career progression than the other way round.

      I watched Aina playing for Torino last week and he’s really improved, dashing forward occasionally to help the front men, covering his flank well and doing his part bits in midfield too. Shehu Abdullahi and Tyrone Ebuehi have got real competition on their hands. Thank God that wing is well secured now for Rohr.

      • **A player invited to his national team NEEDS the team more for his career progression than the other way round…”

        Haba! CSN change your comment pluggin if this one doesn’t allow edits. You guys are international nah! In fact, add buttons for likes and dislikes too, and maybe emojis.

        • I concur with your submission, we need the like and dislike button, it will go a long way in scrutinizing comments made on the thread lol.

    • Emenike, Enyeama, Uche and Victor called time after a significant amount of time playing for their country. I doubt any of them were younger than 27 when they called time.
      Ola is at the start of his career. This is probably his first major season in pro football. He is still 22 and getting better by playing regularly.

      You cannot compare someone at the start of his career with another who had played 10 years at the top and is beginning to tire.

      The average lifespan of a football career is 10 years and Moses played 11 years premiership football (2007 to 2018) compared to 3 for Ola (2015 to date)

      • Dr. Drey 2 weeks ago

        Big D….there’s indeed a difference between retiring when you are still your freshest best and retiring when your feet can no longer carry you any further. Those guys, even tho in their 30s as you rightly pointed out retired at their freshest best, when Nigeria would still have been in need of their services. Recall the clamour for Enyeama and Emenike going into the WC 2018. Believe me, if it were to be put to a vote for fans, as to whether both players be taken along or not, they would have won a landslide. Looking at the drastic drop from grace to grass following their “retirement”, you cannot help but ask, :what if these guys hadn’t forced themselves to do so…what if they had tarried a while with that decision”. If the cases of the former who were nearing their 30s was an extreme, what of that of a 27year old who is supposedly supposed to be at his peak at this age. This is the age where he is supposed to mature into a playmaker, the go-to guy, the orchestrator and talisman for the national team.

    • spot on, I can’t agree less..the Nigerian national team has really helped in advancing the career of most of this boys

    • spot on, I can’t agree less..the Nigerian national team has really helped in advancing the career of most of this boys

  • Ayphillydegreat 2 weeks ago

    Aina plays well when operating from the left back position compared to his traditional right back position. His best games for Torino this season has been from the left side of defense, dashing forward at will and dovetailing to the middle. A player in the mold of a Phillip Lahm who can even play as a midfielder if he continues to progress in his development as a pro. Shehu is not the solution to the SuperEagles right back position. He’s a defensive midfielder by trade. Idowu IMHO is not a SuperEagles material. Musa Muhammed to me should be the heir apparent to that position in the long run along with Tyrone Ebuehi while Aina and Collins fight for the left back slot going to the AFCON proper.