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Etebo laments playing in the English Championship

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The number in the championship is ‘crazy’, but it’s not a big deal – Etebo

The energetic midfielder, who joined English championship side Stoke City in the summer has moaned the number of games players play in the English championship.

Oghenekaro Etebo, while praising the competitive nature of the English second tier league, inferred that the average game players feature in a season is ‘crazy.’

The former Warri Wolves of Nigeria midfielder, who has played 32 games for Stoke City in all competition this season said: “In England, they’ve 3 cups.  Imagine you do well in the cup games? In total, you are going to play 58-60 games.

“Imagine you play in the championship for three seasons, which means you will be playing 180 games…. But all the same, we are not going to sit and cross our legs. People are doing it. It’s not a big deal.

“People have been there {English Championship} and succeeded from there. Championship is a good league. If you can make it there, you can do it anywhere.”

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The 24 years started his career as an attacking midfielder, and in his three years stint in the Nigerian league, he netted 23 goals in 64 appearances.

But lately, both in the national team and his club side, Etebo is being asked to play out of his favoured position, the versatile player went further to discuss his preferred position.

“My role has changed recently,” he added. “I play from the left-wing and even as a defensive midfielder

“My best position is to play as second striker and that has always been my role even when I was playing in the Nigerian Professional Football League.”

Etebo has been an integral part of Stoke City squad this season and his all-rounder showings has caught the eyes of many this season – with Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce, recently showering him praises.

On Saturday, the Nigeria international scored the lone goal as Stoke City defeated Blackburn at Ewood Park, and after the match, Etebo’s coach Nathan Jones said the club might listen to the right offer for the midfielder.

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