Review of Nigerians abroad
In the final weekend of the campaign across Europe’s major leagues, how did Wilfred Ndidi and Victor Osimhen fare as Leicester City and Napoli respectively chased Champions League spots?
Too Good: Ademola Lookman
Despite Fulham’s failure to gain maximum points in their final game of the season at Craven Cottage, Lookman was one of the Cottagers’ better players in the 2-0 defeat by Newcastle United.
He had the beating of his marker until his 64th-minute substitution, completing every attempted dribble and fashioned out a couple of scoring opportunities for teammates.
Despite Fulham’s eight defeats and two draws in their final 10 games, Lookman was one of the shining lights on loan this term.
Too Bad: Simy
All eyes were on Simy heading into Crotone’s final game of the campaign, with another goal seeing him set a new personal record.
While he couldn’t score vs Fiorentina, it wasn’t for the want of trying. The forward missed a couple of chances to break the deadlock and somehow failed to connect for a seemingly easy tap-in in the second half as both sides played out a goalless draw.
The Pythagoreans were relegated from Serie A, but it remains to be seen if the forward returns to playing football in Serie B or seeks new pastures.
Too Good: Wilfred Ndidi
Even though Leicester City’s 4-2 loss didn’t bring about Champions League football, Ndidi’s showing was quite commendable amid a broader defensive capitulation.
The midfielder moonlighted at centre-back after Wesley Fofana’s early withdrawal and was decent-to-good. He won the majority of his duels, blocked shots on goal and cleared the ball from danger when necessary.
Ndidi’s Leicester have narrowly missed out on CL qualification for the second year in succession.
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Too Bad: Victor Osimhen
The Napoli frontman had a frustrating night in Napoli’s 1-1 draw vs Hellas Verona which saw Gennaro Gattuso’s team end outside the Champions League positions.
He seemed to be frustrated with his teammates' unwillingness to release the ball at the perfect time and couldn’t find the back of the net for the third game in succession.
The Azzurri finished a point behind Juventus who pipped them to the position, prompting the club to part company with Gattuso moments after the game.
Too Good: Cyriel Dessers
Dessers netted a late 85th-minute penalty in Genk's 2-1 defeat of champions Club Brugge on the final league game of the campaign.
Despite finishing below the Belgium champions, the Nigeria forward and Paul Onuachu, who played no part on Sunday, could play Champions League football next season if they successfully navigate the qualifying rounds in Europe.
Dessers netted in his last three appearances in the championship rounds, having gone without a goal since November.