Samuel Chukwueze has been named a finalist for the Spanish Premier League’s Player of the Month award for April, alongside Real Madrid and Barcelona players.
The Nigeria international will bid for the individual award alongside Barcelona captain Lionel Messi, Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois, and Atletico Madrid’s Angel Correa. Fernando from Sevilla, Claudio Bravo from Real Betis, and Fernando Pacheco from Deportivo Alaves are also in the running.
Chukwueze had a fantastic season for the Yellow Submarine, scoring three goals in five Spanish elite division matches, while the 33-year-old Argentine superstar scored four goals in the same number of games.
Meanwhile, Chukwueze has been named to the UEFA Europa League Top 20 Player Ranking, and he has revealed that winning the competition is his immediate goal with Villarreal CF.
“I’d like you to tell me that I’m going to win the UEFA Europa League, please!” he begged Livescore Challenge.
“I’d like to win the UEFA Europa League, please!”
With 4780 points, ‘Samu’ is ranked 15th in the Europa League’s official Player Ranking.
To reach the Europa League final, his La Liga club must first defeat Arsenal, a club he came close to joining five years ago.
It is also the former squad of Villarreal manager Unai Emery, who guided Sevilla to three Europa League titles and has held his new club unbeaten in 12 Europa League matches.
The London Gunners visit Villarreal today, with the return leg in England on May 6. Meanwhile, Arsenal have received a big triple injury boost ahead of their vital semi-final first leg against Villarreal.
Mikel Arteta stated ahead of the trip to Spain that all of his current injury absentees are now back in consideration for the match against Villarreal.
As a result, Arsenal could welcome back key trio Kierney, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Alexandre Lacazette, while David Luiz is also expected to be available for the Europa League clash.