Villarreal forward, Arnaut Danjuma has acknowledged his time with English Championship side, Bournemouth FC.

The Nigerian-Dutch forward joined Villarreal from Bournemouth in 2021 for a fee of around €25 million. He shone with Bournemouth in the Championship last season, scoring 17 goals in 35 league outings for the Cherries who eventually missed out on promotion to the Premier League.

Since he moved to Spain, Danjuma has been a hit for the Yellow Submarine, scoring 16 goals and providing four assists in 33 Villareal appearances so far this season.

“The Championship was amazing for me, from Villarreal’s training base. A lot of people underestimate the division. It is a very good league to develop in, playing three games a week, against physically and technically tough opponents.

“It taught me a lot and sharpened everything I needed. It made me mature quickly. I was very privileged to play for Bournemouth where I had a very good season, and that prepared me for where I am today.

“I am doing the exact same thing as I was in the Championship last season, just on a higher platform.” He said to I.

The Lagos born forward will be leading the attack for Unai Emery’s side when they take on Premier League giants, Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal game.

Danjuma believes modern football is not all about talent.

“In modern football, it’s not just about your talent. It’s also about football intelligence and the amount of work you put in outside of the pitch. There is so much you can learn by just watching yourself back. And then, you also learn a lot by watching your opponents.” He said to ESPN.

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