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Too Good, Too Bad: The Best & Worst of Nigerians Abroad

18:54 GMT+4 06/01/2020
Ola Aina - Torino 2019-20
Goal review the nation’s best performers around the world this weekend, and pick out a few who must improve

  • Samue Chukwueze - Villarreal

    Too Good: Samuel Chukwueze

    The wideman didn’t have a perfect performance against Real Sociedad, but he did win the penalty in the 58th minute to start Villarreal’s comeback at Anoeta.

    Manu Trigueros converted the spot-kick just before the hour mark, and the turnaround was completed by Santi Cazorla with 18 minutes to play.

    Villarreal have now won three league games on the spin.

  • Chidozie Awaziem - Leganes 2019-20

    Too Bad: Chidozie Awaziem

    Down at the bottom, while relegation-threatened Leganes secured a creditable draw at Real Valladolid, Awaziem’s showing left a lot to be desired.

    The centre-back constantly gave the ball away and won just 36 percent of his duels all game.

    In a broader sense, however, Javier Aguirre’s impact in Leganes has now seen them go unbeaten in the last four games, picking up eight points from 12.

  • Bright Osayi-Samuel QPR 2019-20

    Too Good: Bright Osayi-Samuel

    The Anglo-Nigerian netted one of Queens Park Rangers’ goals in a 5-1 thrashing of Swansea City in the FA Cup third round this weekend

    Osayi-Samuel has now netted five times in all competitions for the Superhoops, while providing four assists.

    Mark Warburton will be thrilled by his QPR side’s progress to the next round, as they seek an extended cup run.

  • Leon Balogun

    Too Bad: Leon Balogun

    The centre-back made his first appearance since a League Cup game in August in Brighton & Hove Albion’s FA Cup encounter with Sheffield Wednesday, but his return was short-lived.

    With the Seagulls underwhelming in the opening 45, Graham Potter sacrificed Balogun at half-time by bringing on Aaron Connolly as a means to create a spark in attack, which didn’t work out as the home side fell to a 1-0 defeat.

    Their elimination will disappoint Potter, while Balogun may now have to wait a while for another appearance with Brighton out of all domestic cup competitions.

  • Ola Aina - Rennes

    Too Good: Ola Aina

    Aina was one of Torino’s best performers as The Bull picked up a somewhat unexpected 2-0 win at Roma, a side that came into the game undefeated in seven games.

    The wing-back was more useful defensively than in attack, though, with the visitors facing an onslaught all game from Paulo Fonseca’s side.

    The smash and grab win at Stadio Olimpico was Torino’s third in five games, and a perfect way to start the New Year.