Nigerian striker Aaron Samuel has cited the desire for regular playing time and the opportunity to earn a recall to the Super Eagles as the driving forces behind his move from CSKA Moscow to Amkar Perm. The 23-year-old, who joined Amkar Perm on loan until the end of the season, expressed his motivation to secure a spot in Nigeria’s World Cup squad.
Before his departure from CSKA Moscow in January, Samuel struggled to secure regular playing time, featuring in just seven games and finding the net once against Tosno in September 2017. His loan move to Amkar Perm has provided him with the chance for more consistent involvement on the field.
In his debut for Amkar Perm against Zenit St Petersburg on Sunday, Samuel made an impactful 77-minute appearance, despite the match ending in a goalless draw. Although he did not score, Samuel expressed confidence in his performance and highlighted the significance of regular playing time.
“I felt great starting in my first game for my new team. 77 minutes on the field will give me confidence. For me, it was a good match,” Samuel commented on his debut.
Samuel emphasized that playing regularly at Amkar Perm was a primary objective in his decision to leave CSKA Moscow, stating, “I vowed to work hard in my new club to justify the team’s investment and also to earn a chance to get back into the Nigerian national team.”
With an eye on the World Cup, Samuel is determined to showcase his abilities and make a case for a return to the Super Eagles. He is expected to lead the forward line for Amkar Perm in their upcoming fixture against Arsenal Tula on Friday.