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

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Goal review the nation’s best performers around the world this weekend, and pick out a few who must improve

  1. Too Good: Fikayo Tomori

    Heading into the final day, Derby County knew they had to equal or better Middlesbrough’s result at Rotherham United if they were to end in the final playoff spot.

    The Rams faced a daunting fixture against an in-form West Bromwich Albion side that had won three of four games prior to the meeting at Pride Park.

    Frank Lampard’s side secured a 3-1 success to confirm their top six spot with their Fans Player of the Year producing an admirable defensive performance.

    The accuracy of the defender’s passing was pleasing to see (he boasted a 94 percent accuracy while he completed seven of eight long passes) and he backed that up with doggedness in defensive actions, evidenced by success in his duels and immaculate reading of the game.

    It remains to be seen if Derby will finally find some joy in the playoffs after years of failure, but Tomori’s form will definitely give them a fighting chance.

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    Too Bad: Victor Moses

    While Fenerbahce picked up an important 3-1 win at Kasimpasa, their second victory on the road all season, Moses didn’t deliver a good performance.

    On his return from injury, the wideman struggled after replacing Eljif Elmas for the final half-hour of the encounter.

    He had problems getting to grips with the game and missed a huge opportunity to score his third goal for the Yellow Canaries since moving in the winter.

    In all honesty, given it was Moses’ first game since his short spell on the sidelines, perhaps he should be cut a bit of slack.

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    Too Good: Kenneth Omeruo

    After Leganes’ goalless draw with relegation-threatened Celta Vigo last time out, the Cucumber Growers needed to go one better against a Champions League-chasing Sevilla side that had picked up three successive wins at Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.

    Unexpectedly, Lega stunned the fifth-placed club from Seville 3-0 in what has to go down as the biggest shock of gameweek 36.

    Omeruo didn’t get in among the goals, but picked up where he left off against Celta by putting in yet another colossal defensive performance. The Lega rearguard, for a second week running, didn’t give away any big chance over the course of the encounter and the Nigeria centre-back played a large part in the feat.

    He boasted a high rate of duels won, winning six of his seven individual battles, successfully completed two of three tackles and cleared the ball away from dangerous situations when the need arose.

    Omeruo is ending the campaign on a high note, which brings auspicious signs given the approaching Africa Cup of Nations with the Super Eagles in the summer. 
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    Too Bad: Semi Ajayi

    Having suffered the ignominy of relegation after the penultimate gameweek, Rotherham United went into their final day fixture with Middlesbrough at New York Stadium aiming to end their year on a high.

    Unfortunately, the Millers faltered in the eventual 2-1 defeat and Ajayi was part of the side that went out with a bit of a whimper. The defensive midfielder was guilty of losing possession during the game while being culpable of rashness in the tackle from time to time.

    Paul Warne’s side lost five of their last six games in the run-in and in the end lacked what it took to save their season.

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    Too Good: Samuel Eduok

    BB Erzurumspor played host to Bursaspor in a relegation six-pointer knowing full well they needed maximum points if they were to retain any hope of survival.

    After a goalless first-half, and with the game already in its final quarter, the second bottom side needed a rescuer, and Eduok came up trumps, netting a goal in the 76th minute, before assisting Hakan Arslan with six minutes of normal time remaining.

    It was the Erzurum outfit’s third victory in four matches, but it wasn't enough to take them out of the relegation zone after Goztepe thrashed Antalyaspor 4-1.