Wrexham coach, Phil Parkinson, has heaped plaudits on goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo for his impressive start to life in English third tier division, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.
Okonkwo joined the Welsh side on loan from Arsenal after former England goalie Ben Foster decided to retire just four games into the season after a dismal start to the season.
The 22-year-old who was in high demand after his loan spells with Crewe Alexandra and Sturm Graz drew the attention of other European outfits has seamlessly slotted into his role at Wrexham making nine appearances so far across all competitions, keeping four clean sheets and conceding eight goals.
Parkinson went on to praise the Okonkwo for his shot-stopping skills and believes that he has “real potential” to become a top goalkeeper.
“We know he has got real potential,” the Wrexham boss said.
“He came to us without much football behind him in pre-season but he has fitted in well with the lads. He has settled into the area, he has rented an apartment. He has
been an important signing for us so far and I think he is going to get better.”
According to an online report (not PUNCH Sports Extra), the Nigerian Football Federation has reignited their interest in Okonkwo after he was recommended to former Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr by former Nigerian Footbll Federation boss President, Amaju Pinnick.
The daily revealed that Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro, has made contact with Okonkwo ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations in January.
It was also learnt that the Nigerian Football Federation, Technical Director, Austin Eguavoen has held multiple talks with Okonkwo with a view to a possible call-up to the Eagles squad.
Okonkwo has played for England at youth level but he is still eligible to play for the Nigeria because he has Nigerian parents.
The Hale End Academy product will hope to continue his rich vein of form when Wrexham face Gillingham on Saturday in a League Two fixture.