Almeria’s Sadiq keen on Golden Boot and La Liga qualification

The Nigerian has expressed his desire to win the individual award and help the Rojiblancos return to Spain’s elite division

Umar Sadiq hopes to win the Segunda Division Golden Boot and help Almeria return to La Liga.

The former Nigeria youth international joined the Rojiblancos on the Serbian side of Partizan for a five-year contract on October 5, 2020.

He was an instant hit for Rubi’s side in helping them stay in contention for a La Liga spot.

Having found the net 18 times, he is behind only Espanyol’s Raul de Tomas (22 goals) and Sporting Gijon’s Djurdjevic (24 goals) in the 2020-21 Golden Boot race.

Unbeaten in their last three games, impressive results in their last five games could earn them an automatic ticket to the Spanish top flight or at least a place in the promotion play-offs.

Nonetheless, the former AS Roma and Bologna star expressed his preference for both at the end of the current campaign, maintaining that the needs of the team come before those of the individual.

“I am personally satisfied with the goals I have scored so far, but the important thing is not that,” he said. the club’s website.

“All that matters is that we can win the promotion to Primera Division, which is the primary goal.

“I don’t look at what other players are doing who have also scored a lot of goals, although it is clear that I would like my team to be promoted and also to be the top scorer.

“We forwards are here to score goals and help our teams, so besides scoring I like to give assists and contribute as much as I can to the team.

Manager Rubi signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Almería on April 28, replacing Jose Manuel Gomes, who was sacked for poor performance.

The 24-year-old also gave his assessment of his boss and compared him to a teacher.

“He gives us good ideas both in attack and defense, which we now have to put into action on the pitch. He’s like a teacher, ”he continued.

“We did some really good things with Jose Gomes. From there, you have to keep growing and improving yourself to reach our goal. “

Sadiq and his team will travel to Estadio Heliodoro Rodríguez Lopez on Friday for a meeting with Manu Apeh in Tenerife.

After accumulating 63 points in 37 games, they occupy the third position of the Spanish second division table.

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