Semi Ajayi Plays Better In Midfield – Coach


Rotherham United of England defender, Semi Ajayi might be a better player if lined out in midfield, if the words of his coach, Paul Warne are anything to go by.

Reports reaching reveal that Warne would actually prefer to play Ajayi as a holding midfielder, but admits he has been constrained by the former Arsenal under-23 team captain’s adaptability in central defence.

Warne revealed as much, while hailing the massive improvement in form he has seen from Ajayi since the lad earned his first senior national team invitation with Nigeria.

In the wake of Ajayi’s Super Eagles’ debut against Seychelles in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and immediate follow-up in an exhibition match against Liberia, Warne says the youngster has grown in leaps and bounds.

The 24-year-old Ajayi has started and gone 90 minutes in eight matches so far this season in the English Championship.

Within that while, Ajayi has shown his versatility for the lower division club by playing as a right back, central defender and holding midfielder.

Consequently, Warne pointed out that Ajayi has become a lot more confident after his first invitation to the Eagles for the September games against Seychelles and Liberia.

Warne said: ”He’s doing alright to be fair. I miss him in midfield really but I think Woody likes playing beside him.

”He is really assured and really confident. I think him getting a call-up has cemented his confidence.”


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