Villarreal manager Javi Calleja wants to see Nigerian Samuel Chukwueze continue working hard for a regular berth in the La Liga club’s matchday squad.
Calleja named the former Golden Eaglets winger in the matchday squad for the Yellow Submarine’s UEFA Europa League match against Scottish giants Rangers on Thursday. Chukwueze then made his Villarreal debut by coming off the bench to replace Nicola Sansone.
Signed from Diamond Academy in the summer of 2017, Chukwueze played in Villarreal’s junior ranks last term but was promoted to the reserve team ahead of this season.
“We’re using nearly all of our players and I think that’s a good thing. We need the whole squad,” Calleja told Villarreal's official website following their Europa League clash with Rangers.
“Today, for example, Samuel Chukwueze made his debut, who is a player with a great future, but he has to carry on working hard.”
Villarreal will return to competitive action this weekend when they host Valencia in a league clash on Sunday afternoon.
The Spanish side also boasts Cameroonian forward Karl Toko-Ekambi in their first-team squad.