KRC Genk signed Tolu Arokodare as a replacement for Paul Onuachu, who made a move to join Southampton in January.
Genk forward, Tolu Arokodare, crumbled under enormous strain in a high-stakes match against Club Brugge, Soccernet.ng reports.
Stef Wijnants, a sports expert, raised worry for the player, characterising his performance as a total breakdown on the field.
Throughout the game, Arokodare struggled, prompting concerns about his ability to shoulder the weight of expectations left by his countryman, Paul Onuachu.
Wijnants, in his analysis, emphasized that Arokodare’s performance in Bruges was far from impressive. “Tolu fell heavily through the ice in Bruges. It didn’t look good at all,” Wijnants remarked, as reported by Voetbalnieuws.
The pressure placed on the young player seemed to overwhelm him, affecting his overall gameplay.
The analyst further emphasized that Arokodare should not be compared solely based on his physical stature, drawing comparisons to the towering figure of his countryman. “It’s not because he’s the same size as Onuachu that he finds his way to the nets as easily. He does not have the same feet for a long time and was rightly substituted,” Wijnants explained.
With Arokodare struggling to find his scoring touch and the pressure mounting, the coaching staff made the necessary decision to replace him during the game.
Arokodare’s performance against Club Brugge is a reminder of the enormous strain that young players confront in high-stakes games.
As the season reaches its climax, it will be imperative for Arokodare to bounce back stronger and prove his worth to the team.
The next games will offer him the opportunity to demonstrate his ability and dispel any reservations about his potential effect on the field.