Former Super Eagles midfielder Mutiu Adepoju says calling young players next Lionel Messi or Austine Jay Jay Okocha put them under too much pressure.
Adepoju stated that the local media and fans must desist from the act which according to him is detrimental to the players growth.
“I believe calling young players in the youth teams as next Messi or Jay-Jay Okocha is unfair and unnecessary,” Adepoju told BBC Sport Africa.
“Indulging in this comparison is setting them up for failure because the weight of expectations will definitely affect these players mentally.
“It’s the main reason some players refused to work hard and be themselves because they easily get carried away by what the press was writing about them.”
He says that he has seen plenty of younger talent that has not made the step-up to senior level over the last ten years.
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Source: Complete Sports