As we begin our review of the year in football for 2020, NigerianFootballer.com come brings forth a Chelsea striker with Nigerian roots.
Chelsea had been serving a transfer ban which ended with the January 2020 window and fans of the club wondered who their first signing would be.
When it was announced, it came as a shock because it was Tromso youngster, Bryan Fiabema that had come in.
At that time there were rumours of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and others coming in, but Chelsea went for a 16 year old who impressed in trials with the club.
Fiabema, a Nigerian? How?
But what brings this story alive is that Bryan Fiabema has a Nigerian father, Mina who is from Okrika in Rivers State.
Mina Fiabema told NigerianFootballer.com in January 2020, how good he thought his son, Bryan was.
“How good is Bryan? Bryan is very good,” Mina Fiabema said.
“In 2013 there was a game I went to see that he played. Men, from that day I knew this guy had something in him.
“I started promoting him on Facebook. Most of my friends know I have been promoting him on Facebook saying he is the next Ronaldo,” Mina Fiabema told NigerianFootballer.com.
“Bryan’s idol is Cristiano Ronaldo and he tries to do everything like him.
“Bryan is good, he is very good. He is talented, he’s got pace, discipline and I know he is going to go places, but I was not expecting him to take this big leap from Tromso to Chelsea at this time,” Mina Fiabema told NigerianFootballer.com.
According to www.TeamTalk.com, Fiabema has quickly adapted to life at Chelsea and was in little time promoted from the U18 to the U23 side.
Since football restarted, he scored six goals in ten appearances, all within 477 minutes of action which equates to a goal every 79.5 minutes.
www.Teamtalk.com continues that “Fiabema already possesses a plethora of traits required to construct the perfect centre-forward. Strength, pace and size have all been naturally bestowed his way, but he is far from reliant on his physical gifts.
Fiabema is at ease playing on the last shoulder or dropping between the lines and has already shown the sort of clever movement that will leave defenders unsure whether to stick or twist.”
Bryan Fiabema was handed the number 64 jersey at Chelsea as he began a new phase of his career in West London.