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

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

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    #5 Too Good: Paul Onuachu

    Having lost ground to FC Kobenhavn with a 2-1 defeat against the league leaders last time out, Midtjylland sought a response at eighth-placed Randers. Onuachu’s impact in the encounter helped the visitors to a 2-1 victory which kept them three points behind the aforementioned table-toppers. Having played in Awer Mabil for the Wolves’ opener in the third minute, it was the gigantic forward who got the winner in the 58th minute, after they’d been pegged back 15 minutes before half-time. It was the target-man’s 10th league goal of the season in 16 appearances, with three coming in his last four, as he continues his prolific campaign for the Jutland-based club.

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    #4 Too Bad: Semi Ajayi

    Rotherham United hadn’t picked up an away win all season, so they already faced an uphill task before facing leaders Norwich City at Carrow Road. They went into break a goal to the good, but were undone by three second-half strikes to fall to a 3-1 loss. The unfortunate Ajayi played an unwitting part in the Canaries’ comeback when his gaffe led to the concession of one of the goals. The towering defender also lost several individual battles in the encounter, and the fact that the centre-back can’t seem to cut out errors from his game (he was equally blameworthy in last week’s 2-2 Sheffield United draw) will worry Paul Warne who might start questioning the defender’s dependability.

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    #3 Too Good: Victor Osimhen

    The frontman continued his productive season by netting the second of three goals for Sporting Charleroi in a 3-1 win against Cercle Brugge. Having suffered a mini-slump a few weeks before the last international break, the young forward has now hit the back of the net in successive games (he scored in last week’s 4-2 victory at Lokeren), consequently taking his return for the season to seven goals in 12 appearances. The Zebras have won four of their last five games, and the recent run of positive results has seen them move into sixth place in the table.

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    #2 Too Bad: Alex Iwobi

    Arsenal may have secured bragging rights with a resounding 4-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the 196th North London derby on Sunday; however, Iwobi didn’t have one of his better games of the campaign. The attacking midfielder’s opening half was riddled with mistakes in the attacking third with his final ball often frustrating. He was dispossessed several times and lost all of his 50-50 battles in a half that saw the Gunners lose their way after a bright start to go in at the break 2-1 down. Unsurprisingly, he was hooked at the break following a poor half, and the red half of North London went on to turn the result around in emphatic fashion.

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    #1 Too Good: Tammy Abraham

    Aston Villa continued their red-hot form under Dean Smith with an unexpected 3-0 success against Tony Pulis’s Middlesbrough side. Equally, it was not shocking to see Abraham get one of the goals in a big win for the Villans, following his staggering four strikes against Nottingham Forest in midweek. The towering frontman’s goal just after the hour was his 11th strike of the season, and it's hard to see who can stop him in his current form. He's hit the back of the net in four games on the spin – with seven goals coming in that time. Villa may have stayed in eighth after the victory, but they’re slowly closing in on the playoff spots, which seemed somewhat unfeasible after their atrocious start.