Troost-Ekong hails Turkish League, dreams of England return

Troost-Ekong hails Turkish League, dreams of England return

Nigeria defender William Troost-Ekong is hopeful of a return to the much talked about Premier League in England sometimes in the future.

The Netherlands-born centre back started his playing career at North London side Tottenham Hotspurs but did not feature for the first team before leaving for Groningen in his native Holland.

Ekong has since played in the Dutch, Belgian and Norwegian leagues and presently plays in Turkey for Super League side, Bursaspor.

Troost-Ekong, one half of “Oyibo Wall”

“For me personally, I think this is the best league I’ve played in so far – Turkey. I play against top strikers every week. I play against Adebayor, Gomis, Negredo, you name them,” Troost-Ekong told

From being an unwanted player in England and the Nigerian national team, Troost-Ekong has grown to become a key player for club and country.

He has featured in every minute of his club – Bursaspor’s – Super Lig campaign this term, scoring two goals in the twelve games while for Nigeria, he was the only player who played every minute of Nigeria’s qualification games in Group B as the Super Eagles went through to the World Cup unscathed.

“I think it (Turkish League) is making me better and better and I think you can also see the progression in my game because of that,” says Troost-Ekong who also had a stellar 90-minute outing against Argentina in a friendly last week. I’m really enjoying my football here but I don’t think it is going to be my final stop so we’ll see what is next after,” added the 24-year old.

Talking of where to go in the future, Troost-Ekong, just like many other players of his calibre hopes to be part of the Premier League some day and since that was where he had his football nursery, he rightly thinks he has unfinished business there.

‘Tottenham was my first club and I dream about going back to the Premier League but we’ll see, all in good time,” he concluded.

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