In a time when top class goalkeepers are in short supply, it’s a mystery to me why one goalkeeper has never really been given a chance at one of Europe’s top clubs.

Nigerian number one Vincent Enyeama is currently starring in the African Nations Cup, and again showing why he is one of the best shot-stoppers around.

He's agile, athletic, fantastic in one-on-one situations and with more than 70 international caps to his name, the 30-year-old keeper is just reaching his prime. Surely this is one player well worth taking a 'gamble' on?

Between 2001 and 2004, Enyeama won the African equivalent of the Champions League twice and in the 2002 World Cup, he kept a clean sheet against England.

The Nigerian keeper is renowned for saving penalties, keeping out three spot-kicks in an African Nations 2006 quarter-final shootout with Tunisia, and has also been known to take spot-kicks himself, scoring eight goals whilst at Hapoel Tel Aviv between 2007 and 2011.

In Nigeria’s 2010 World Cup match against Argentina, he was named man of the match in his team’s 1-0 defeat with the opposing coach, none other than legendary striker Maradona, citing Enyeama as the reason Lionel Messi couldn’t score.

Enyeama is currently at Lille, but has been temporarily loaned out to Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Enyeama's critics might say that he's a little eccentric and prone to an error or two, which has maybe put the bigger clubs off taking a chance on him.

With Barcelona and Real Madrid both having problems with their first-choice keepers Casillas and Valdes, and Manchester United also having doubts over their number one David De Gea, perhaps some of the top clubs could do worse than cast an eye over Enyeama?

 

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