Football newbie Danny Uchechi hailed as the new Carlos Tevez – Will he live up to the hype?


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 Summary of the news from the Daily Express

By Seyi Lawal 

Danny Uchechi has experienced it all in his short career. The Nigerian youth international has moved to Pittodrie on loan from Nigerian club Dender. 

With this move, Uchechi is hoping to get his career back on track after a rather nomadic and fruitless spell in the English lower leagues where he failed to make the grade at West Ham United, Leicester City or Sheffield. 

 When he was at Charlton Athletic, then manager, Alan Pardew, compared his talents to that of the Argentine superstar, Tevez. Uchechi said he was honoured and tried to live up to the expectations. “At that time, I took what Alan Pardew said about Carlos Tevez as a motivation. For a manager like him to say that to me excited me. I was very happy about the comparison and made me want to play again and progress. His prediction hasn’t been realised yet but I believe in the talent that God has given to me. It was an inspiration to me at a very tough time and I will keep working hard to make it happen,” he said. 

 The 22-year-old was born in Abia State, Nigeria but moved to England to study and that was where his footballing talent really came to the fore.  He was picked up by the Charlton youth set-up although he feared that his lack of a work permit was going to force him to give up on his dream. 

Long-term, Uchechi also feels his move to Aberdeen can see him break into the Nigerian team and he hopes that will see him play alongside his friend and former Don Sone Aluko.  


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