Sylvester Jasper: Who is the Nigeria-eligible player watched by Super Eagles coach Peseiro?

Rising star Sylvester Jasper is gaining some attention on the Nigerian football scene after reports emerged that he was being watched by Nigeria coach Jose Peseiro.

The Nigeria coach had gone to see the game involving Benfica and Portimonense in a Primera Liga clash that ended 4-0 in favour of the team he onced managed.

Sylvester Jasper is eligible to play for three countries and is an undeniable talent.

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Sylvester Jasper – age and family background

Born in England to a Nigerian father and Bulgarian mother on 13 September 2001, Sylvester Jasper has become the subject of widespread interest, showcasing the global reach and diversity of the sport.

The 22-year-old also boasts a diverse heritage, granting him the option to play for the Super Eagles of Nigeria, the Three-Lions of England, or the Bulgarian national team whenever he decides.

He had his college tuition in Twickenham and had previously lived in Bulgaria.

Sylvester Jasper – playing career

Jasper's football journey started at the youth academies of Queens Park Rangers and Fulham from age nine, where he honed his skills. While at Fulham, he made his professional debut for the team in a FA Cup match against Manchester City and signed his first professional contract with the London club.

He then embarked on loan spells at Bristol Rovers, Hibernian, and Colchester United in 2022.

Last April, Jasper agreed to join Primeira Liga club Portimonense, with the two clubs having agreed upon a compensation fee.

On the international scene, he represented England at the under-15s but received his first call-up to the Bulgarian under-21 side for 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification matches against the Netherlands and Moldova under-21 sides.

He made his debut for the team in the match against the Dutch under-21.

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Versatile on the field

While primarily known for his skilful play on the wings, Jasper's adaptability allows him to thrive in various positions, adding depth to his contributions on the pitch. Whether as a striker or as a winger, he has a knack for goals, as showcased over the last 18 months.

Season performance to date

A standout performer for Bristol Rovers during his loan spell, Jasper's impact was felt despite limited playing time, showcasing his ability to make a difference whenever called upon. He moved to Portimonense in Portugal and has played 20 times so far in all competitions, scoring just one goal.

Sylvester Jasper's financial standing

Jasper's dedication and potential have not gone unnoticed, with clubs recognising his talent and offering lucrative contracts to secure his services. The former Fulham player is currently valued at €500k, according to Transfermarkt.

As Sylvester Jasper's career trajectory continues to unfold, his open possibility to represent Nigeria adds an exciting dimension to his playing journey, promising thrilling encounters on both domestic and international stages

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Rotimi Akindele

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