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Jonathan Obika: Premier League material?

Obika has had various loan spells at different clubs (©GettyImages)
Obika has had various loan spells at different clubs (©GettyImages).

Jonathan Obika, the 22-year-old academy product, is still part of Tottenham's future plans.

The youngster, who had various loan spells in lower divisions of English football, is still hopeful of proving himself at the Premier League.

He is considering the pre-season chances as a launching pad to prove himself - but in reality it's almost impossible.

Obika, a strongly built 6ft young striker, is in the targetman mould - someone who can bulldoze the opposition.

The youngster was pretty impressive in the U21 Premier League last season by scoring goals for fun and was a key contributor in Tottenham topping the charts in the group phase. But if you take a closer look, he hasn't impressed against matured defenders.

The Tottenham striker had a number of loan spells with varying degrees of success so far. Across four different loan spells at Yeovil Town, Obika has scored 18 goals in 74 appearances. It remains as his best figure which speaks volumes about his finishing abilities.

Obika has failed to register double digits during his stint with clubs like Millwall, Crystal Palace, Peterborough United, Swindon Town and Charlton Athletic.

Overall his record in League 1 reads as 20 goals in 88 appearances. That is not even a worthy stat for a striker in England's third division.

If anyone is wondering how he has performed in Championship matches, then it's not any better. So far he has scored three goals in 17 Championship matches. If we look at the stats, then Obika isn't even ready for Championship.

Then how can we expect the 22-year-old to become a Premier League player?

Sometimes statistics might be misleading and it might not reflect a player's true value. He might have shown something in training which convinced the team's think tank about his potential.

Obika is part of the club's pre-season once again. They still believes he can make the grade, while stats shows it's almost impossible.

He signed a contract extension last year before securing a loan move to Charlton Athletic. Some quarters believes that he has the potential to make it, as he scored three goals during his last outing in the Championship from two starts and a further eight substitute appearances.

He is a regular goalscorer for Spurs XI (reserve team) and the Premier League side's U21 team, but Obika is far from Premier League material.

Tottenham should sell Obika at the earliest opportunity to make space for better prospects like Harry Kane, Shaque Coulthirst and Souleymane Coulibaly.

To rule out the slightest chance of Obika becoming a superstar elsewhere, Spurs can include a buy-back close - just like Real Madrid and Barcelona do with their academy products failing to make the grade. Is it needed?

 

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Premier League
Jonathan Obika
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