Umar Sadiq, present and future for Almería

The Nigerian striker, who started badly and is now sweet, is on his way to beat Darwin Núñez's scoring record with the rojiblancos. It has a clause of 60 kilos.


Umar Sadiq is already smiling. The 23-year-old striker had a hard time adjusting to Almería in his first adventure in Spain in the first weeks. José Gomes trusted him and the Constitution Day against Alcorcón took off. Now he is one of the sensations of the Second Division, also standing out in the round of 32 of the Almería Cup, with that double in 5-0 against Alavés. He not only participates in the rojiblanco game (José Gomes's style suits him; and Almería, the striker's style), but he sees the goal easily: in the last six games he has played, he only ran out ' wet 'against Espanyol, scoring eight goals in that space of time.

Sadiq arrived on the last market day to replace Darwin Núñez, so his performances were scrutinized from the first moment. Almería paid five million euros to Partizan Belgrade, the amount being able to rise according to a series of variables, even exceeding 8.8 kilos to Nottingham Forest for Appiah, the most expensive transfer in Almeria history. He signed the longest possible contract, that is, until 2025, so Almería will get a slice in a future sale.

Almería, which will also have to pay 20% of the capital gain to the Serbian club, put 60 million euros in termination clause, 80 in the case of promotion to the First Division. Several teams have already asked about the Nigerian, although naturally the UDA is not going to let him let go so easily, especially with the promotion to the First Division at stake. In the Vega de Acá they know that Sadiq is one of the assets of the present, but also of the future, either with a transfer or by putting the rojiblanca in the highest category. Not only does '9' have a high clause, but that of practically all members of the Indálica staff is at least 40 million euros.

Sadiq, who will turn 24 in February, started regular, but has already set course, with those nine league goals and two in the Cup, participating in 19 meetings between the two competitions (18 and 1). In the league, only Cuenca and Balliu have played more than the Nigerian, who is on his way to surpass the 15 goals of Darwin Núñez by subtracting the Almerienses still 22 games to play. After leaving Nigeria at the age of 16, this globetrotter has worn the shirts of Spezia, Roma, Bologna, Torino, NAC Breda, Rangers, Perugia and Partizan.

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