Borussia Mönchengladbach are set to start an 18-year-old Nigerian teenage full-back, Mandela Egbo when they file against English side, Manchester City in a Champions League game at Borussia-Park tonight.
Egbo spent more than seven years at Crystal Palace moving to Germany. The youngster who has already turned up for England’s Under-21s in the Czech Republic talks about his past as well as his Nigerian roots with relish.
“Leaving the Premier League and coming here might look odd from the outside,” says Egbo. “Apart from Danny at Stuttgart, there isn’t anyone else who has made that move from England recently. So, at first glance, it seems surprising.
“But, whether I was playing football or in full-time education, I’m at an age when people go away to university. I’ve done the same thing. I’ve moved away to learn my craft, just as a student goes away to university. My family has been moving across seas for generations to better our education. My mother went back to Nigeria for secondary school and university. I’ve got cousins from Nigeria who are in England for work at the moment, and cousins, aunties and uncles who have moved to America. We’re quite an international family. This is normal.”
Meanwhile, Arsenal will consider loaning out highly-rated Nigerian-born forward Alex Iwobi as Arsene Wenger prepares him for a first-team role next season.
The 19-year-old is one of the Gunners academy’s best prospects and has been earmarked for a greater senior role next term.
The teenager is understood to be keen on a temporary switch away from the Emirates Stadium as he looks to take his first steps into senior football.

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