Victor Osimhen may be grabbing all the headlines in France week in week out, but it is Josh Maja that has caught the attention of Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr.
The 20-year-old is getting attention after he smashed in a fine hat trick and assisted another in the 6-0 drubbing of Nimes on December 3.
The 20-year-old has thus contributed to 7 goals (5 goals, 2 assists) in 8 matches for Les Girondins making him one of the most decisive Nigerian players in Europe’s top five leagues.
This has impressed Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr who also said Maja is capable of playing in any of the three offensive positions.
”He was on our list of players to watch, he was already attracting our attention, although he was only playing in League One because our scouts were studying him closely from England,” Rohr told So Foot.
”He seized his chance with the various injuries of his teammates, and his hat-trick is part of the progression he displays.
“And when he arrived in Bordeaux, he was not alone: there was another Nigerian, Samuel Kalu. So his integration, carried out in good working conditions and surrounded by a good staff, was facilitated.
”It could only move in the right direction. Above all he is quite versatile, on the offensive side: he can play at the three front positions, in a system with two or three attackers.”
Gernot Rohr handed Josh Maja is international debut in September when the youngster was sent on to replace Victor Osimhen in the closing minutes of Nigeria’s 2-2 draw with Ukraine.
Maja will hope to increase his goal tally when Bordeaux take on Strasbourg on Sunday in the Ligue 1. Bordeaux are currently fifth in the French topflight with 26 points from 17 matches.