Kanu Nwankwo Out As Jay-Jay Okocha is the Only African To Be Named in Top 10 Premier League Cult Heroes

Kanu Nwankwo Out As Jay-Jay Okocha is the Only African To Be Named in Top 10 Premier League Cult Heroes

- Jay-Jay Okocha had a sublime career in England playing for Bolton Wanderers and later Hull City

- Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has named the Nigerian in his top 10 Premier League cult heroes

- Eric Cantona, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Mario Balotelli are also mentioned by the Newcastle legend

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Nigeria’s Jay-Jay Okocha has been named in Alan Shearer’s top 10 Premier League cult heroes following his magical show during his reign in the English Premier League.

Shearer made this disclosure as part of the Match of the Day podcast alongside Gary Lineker and Micah Richards.

Okocha played for English clubs Bolton Wanderers as well as Hull City during his remarkable career as fans in England made the midfielder a household name.

His debut season, despite being hampered by injuries, made him a favourite with the Bolton fans, with the team printing shirts with the inscription "Jay-Jay – so good they named him twice".

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He scored 14 Premier league goals for the club in 124 appearances between 2002 and 2006 before returning to England to play for Hull City where he featured in 18 league games between 2007 and 2008.

Alan Shearer spent almost the entirety of his career smashing in top-flight goals and was the first entrant into the newly formed Premier League Hall of Fame.

Shearer showered accolades on Okocha when he said via Mirror:

“He made the difficult things look easy - I must've tried that flicking over heads a million times and it's never come off once. Gifted, natural ability, superb player.”

Alan Shearer’s top 10 cult heroes:

1.Eric Cantona

2. Matt Le Tissier

3. Paul Gascoigne

4. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

5. Paulo di Canio

6. Jay-Jay Okocha

7. Mario Balotelli

8. Chris Waddle

9. David Ginola

10. Faustino Asprilla

Kanu Nwankwo Out, Jay-Jay Okocha, Gascoigne, Cantona Named in Top 10 Premier League Cult Heroes
Jay-Jay Okocha in action in the Premier League. Photo: John Walton
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Meanwhile, former Nigerian international Victor Anichebe has claimed that legendary Kanu Nwankwo attracted lots of Nigerians as well as Africans to support Premier League club Arsenal.

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In a recent interview with Premier League Productions, Anichebe who was also a product of Arsenal academy stated that Kanu’s skills caught his attention.

During his stint at the England club, Kanu featured in 273 games, scoring 54 goals while providing 29 assists.

Legit.ng earlier reported that the former Super Eagles shot-stopper is regarded as one of the best African goalkeepers that played in Ligue 1.

The 38-year-old was given the privilege to pick his own team while conducting an interview with Ligue 1's Twitter handle.

The former Super Eagles shot-stopper is regarded as one of the best African goalkeepers that played in Ligue 1.

The 38-year-old was given the privilege to pick his own team while conducting an interview with Ligue 1's Twitter handle.

Source: Legit.ng

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