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Scotland ace with a bright future

JUST DONE IT: Ikechi Anya celebrates after scoring during the Euro 2016 soccer qualifying group D match against Germany

IKECHI ANYA announced himself to the football world on Sunday (September 7) night with a stunning individual goal and exciting display as Scotland were beaten 2-1 by world champions Germany.

Anya scored his memorable goal during Scotland’s first Euro 2016 qualifying match in Dortmund and his goal and the team's all-round display augurs well for the future.

In the 66th minute the Watford winger beat the offside trap, ran through on goal and finished with great composure as he beat German's highly rated 'keeper Manuel Neuer.

The 26-year-old Anya could have played for a number of countries before plumping for Scotland. His mother was born in Romania, his father in Nigeria and he qualifies for England too.

Considered something of a journeyman, Anya has experienced life at the bottom end of the Football League with his stints at Oxford City and Halesown Town.

He has also experienced life at the top level. He has played in the Spanish Primera League where he played for Celta Vigo in 2010 before signing a three year contract with newly promoted Granada, before being loaned out to Spanish second division side Cadiz for a season.

In the 2012 he joined Watford on loan before he signed a permanent three-year contract with them in the summer of 2013.

His pace, skill and direct running makes him a constant threat to defenders when he is at the top of his game as Germany found out yesterday. However, performing consistently will be the real test for the diminutive Anya.

Many more performances and goals like the one against Germany will soon have clubs in the Premier League keeping an eye out on his development or chasing his signature.

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