#6 Too Good: William Troost-Ekong
Udinese were massive underdogs ahead of their encounter against Roma, owing to their wretched run of six defeats in seven. However, they raised their game for the visit of Eusebio Di Francesco’s side. The game saw Troost-Ekong follow up his performance in the Little Zebras’ narrow defeat at Empoli last time out with another fine showing as they shocked the Yellow and Reds 1-0. The centre-back made several clearances to relieve the pressure on his side and was rarely second best in his duels for the entirety of the game. Having suffered 10 straight defeats against the Rome outfit, dating back to 2013, this was a huge victory for the Udine-based side, who also kept their first clean sheet in eight league games.
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#5 Too Bad: Efe Ambrose
Hibernian were surefire favorites to pick up a win against Dundee FC, after all, the visiting side were rooted to the foot of the table before the commencement of the gameweek. When Hibs raced into a two-goal lead, it seemed like those pre-match expectations would turn out accordingly, however what ensued wasn’t in any way expected. Efe Ambrose and co. yet again showed the soft underbelly which has plagued them in recent weeks by conceding two quick goals either side of half-time. It stayed that way at 2-2. The stalemate extends their winless run to five games - with three losses in that time.
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#4 Too Good: Tammy Abraham
Aston Villa’s 4-2 victory against Birmingham City at Villa Park was their third successive win under Dean Smith. With the Villans 2-1 in front, it was Abraham who increased the home side’s advantage when he kept his composure to score from the spot. The forward put himself about for the entire game and deserved his goal. The towering attacker has now scored in successive games, having netted in the unexpected 3-0 win at Derby County, and the loanee’s tally for the season now stands at six goals in 12 appearances.
#3 Too Bad: Fikayo Tomori
Derby County would’ve wanted a response to their 3-0 home defeat against Aston Villa when they travelled to a struggling Sheffield Wednesday side that hadn’t secured a home league win since August. The Rams secured a come-from-behind 2-1 win, but it wasn’t the best of outings for Tomori, who was lucky not to receive his marching orders before the break. The centre-back was guilty of committing a series of needless fouls in the opening half and it was no surprise he suffered the ignominy of being substituted at the break, to be replaced by Curtis Davies, after a sub-par showing at Hillsborough.
#2 Too Good: Samuel Chukwueze
In what has so far been an extremely disappointing season for Villarreal, the emergence of Chukwueze has been a rare bright light in an otherwise gloomy start to the campaign. After netting his first league goal for the club prior to the international break, in a 2-2 draw at Rayo Vallecano, the 19-yeal-old doubled the Yellow Submarine’s lead against Real Betis with a low effort from inside the 18-yard box driven into the far corner. Given the Big Greens pulled one back late on, the youngster’s strike was what proved to be the winner. The 2-1 win at El Madrigal saw Villarreal, sat in 16th-place in the table, record their first league victory since September, and the flourishing forward will be delighted with his impact.
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#1 Too Bad: Henry Onyekuru
Even though Galatasaray’s recent run of one win in six in all competitions has been worrying, they were still expected to secure a win against mid-table Konyaspor. However, the eventual 1-1 draw will have frustrated Fatih Terim, who saw his side fail to do anything substantial with their lion’s share of the possession. Onyekuru had a game to forget as well and was guilty of missing the one big chance the Reds created on the day. The forward never had the beating of his marker either and was also always second best in 50-50 situations.
In truth, the away side could’ve stolen a victory owing to the fact they created the better chances, and Terim will have breathed a huge sigh of relief. They could find themselves six points behind Istanbul Basaksehir, who play Goztepe on Monday, before the next round of games, which will further worry the head coach as he seeks to find solutions to their recent slump.