Stoke City of England midfielder, Oghenekaro Etebo has reflec ted on his recent romance with bench duties at the club, and reasoned that it was basically because life is tough in the English Championship.
Although many observers believe Etebo’s spell out of The Potters’ starting squad was due to the arrival of a new coach at the club, the former Warri Wolves, CD Fariense of Portugal and Las Palmas of Spain battler admits it was basically because he was still learning the ropes in the squad.
Etebo stated as much in a television interview monitored at the weekend by footballlive.ng, during which he posited that the English lower division is as tough as the top-flight in many other countries.
Incidentally, Stoke have also not had the best of time during their first season back in the lower division, and Etebo says it is also a testimony of how tough life is in the English Championship.
He, however, reckoned that the worst is over for him and his side, with a verdict that Stoke are doing everything to climb rapidly up the table and the Super Eagles star believes they will end the season on a high.
Etebo said: “I am happy with everything that is happening for me at Stoke City, but I must admit it has not been easy.
“People always look down on the English Championship as a small league, because it is the second division, but it’s very tough.
“The team is trying hard to get back to the English Premier League, and I am also trying my best to keep playing regularly in the first team.
“I am happy that my efforts are eventually being seen and I am, sure that things will get better.”