Emmanuel Van De Blaak: “From Lagos to PSV” a defensive talent ready for the Super Eagles

Emmanuel Van De Blaak a Lagos-born defender || Credit: Imago

Emmanuel Van De Blaak: “From Lagos to PSV” a defensive talent ready for the Super Eagles

Stephen Oladehinde 10:18 - 05.12.2023

Discover the story of Emmanuel van de Blaak, a Lagos-born defender who's making waves in European football and now stands ready to bolster the Nigerian Super Eagles' defense.

The Nigerian-Dutch connection

Emmanuel van de Blaak, an emerging talent at PSV, presents a unique opportunity for the Nigerian national team. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, but raised in the Netherlands, Van De Blaak holds dual citizenship. 

Despite representing the Netherlands at the youth level, his Nigerian birthright makes him eligible to play for the Super Eagles. 

This duality brings a blend of European and African football experiences, potentially enriching the Nigerian squad with his footballing skills.

Van De Blaak's early life and career

Van de Blaak's journey in football started in the Netherlands, where he initially played for local clubs like Advendo and RKVV Jeka. 

His early years at Willem II saw him develop significantly, leading to his recruitment by Jong PSV. His growth through the youth ranks at PSV has been impressive, making in his debut for the PSV senior team in a UEFA Europa League match in 2022. 

His career trajectory suggests a player with considerable potential, ripe for the challenges of international football

Van de Blaak || Credit: Imago
Van de Blaak || Credit: Imago

Why the Super Eagles Should Consider Him

As a central defender with the ability to play as a right-back, Van De Blaak could offer tactical flexibility to the Super Eagles' defense. 

His European training and Nigerian roots could provide a unique blend of technical skill and physicality, beneficial for the Nigerian national team's style of play. 

The Super Eagles could harness his potential to bolster their defensive line, especially considering the team's ongoing efforts to blend home-grown and diaspora talent in building a competitive squad

Pulse Sports has previously highlighted the significance of incorporating players with dual nationalities, especially those with Nigerian heritage, into the Super Eagles. 

The inclusion of players like William Troost-Ekong, who made a similar switch from the Dutch to the Nigerian national team, has proven beneficial. 

Van de Blaak's case is yet another example where such a decision could enhance the team's capabilities and depth, offering a fresh perspective and skill set to the national team setup.