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Power ranking every single Nigerian player in the Premier League so far this season

12:55 PM GMT 20/09/2022
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Read our updated power rankings of Nigerians in England’s top-flight in the 2022-23 season

The Premier League returned at the weekend with seven games played in a truncated gameweek.

Everton finally got a win after four successive stalemates, while Leicester City’s miserable start continued as a second-half collapse at Tottenham Hotspur brought about yet another defeat.

In GOAL’s updated power rankings for 2022-23, we assess the Nigerians who featured in the latest round of games.

  • Emmanuel Dennis Nottingham Forest 2022-23

    #12 Emmanuel Dennis

    Brought on with two minutes of normal time remaining, Dennis had little time to make an impact for Nottingham Forest as they fell 3-2 at home to Fulham on Friday night.

    Dennis’ lack of significant match action leaves him furthest behind in our grading.

  • Frank Onyeka - Brentford

    #11 Frank Onyeka

    Onyeka was unlikely to start Brentford’s game against Arsenal and so it proved, with the midfielder making his fourth Premier League appearance off the bench in the 3-0 defeat.

    A half-hour in the loss does little to move the needle and he remains second-bottom.

  • Malcolm Ebiowei Crystal Palace 2022-23

    #10 Malcolm Ebiowei

    Crystal Palace’s encounter with Brighton & Hove Albion was one of three fixtures that did not go ahead, thus leading to no change in Ebiowei’s standing this week.

  • Wilfred Ndidi - Leicester City

    #9 Wilfred Ndidi

    Awful marking from set-pieces and a costly error at the start of the second half led to the Leicester City collapse in their 6-2 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur.

    Ndidi retains his spot owing to the continued lack of impact behind him as it has been an awful recent round of games for the anchorman.

  • Michael Olise

    #8 Michael Olise

    Olise and his Palace teammates did not feature over the weekend and the playmaker drops a spot as a consequence.

  • Joe Aribo Southampton 2022-23

    #7 Joe Aribo

    Aribo came on at half-time at Villa Park but could not make the desired impact as Southampton were beaten 1-0 by Aston Villa. The versatile man falls a spot this week.

  • Taiwo Awoniyi Nottingham Forest 2022-23

    #6 Taiwo Awoniyi

    Awoniyi may have rued not scoring his second for Forest in their 3-2 defeat by Fulham, but he gets plaudits for scoring one, nonetheless.

    The centre-forward largely took advantage of his reinstatement into Steve Cooper's XI and moves two spots, overtaking Olise and Aribo.

  • Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City and Nigeria.

    #5 Kelechi Iheanacho

    Two chances created in the 15-minute cameo in Leicester’s thrashing at Spurs see Iheanacho retain his position.

  •  Eberechi Eze of Nigeria and Crystal Palace.

    #4 Eberechi Eze

    The Palace man somehow remains in situ despite not featuring at the weekend with the South London club’s game getting postponed.

  • Dominic Solanke Bournemouth 2022-23

    #3 Dominic Solanke

    Having made a significant ascent previously, Solanke drops this week despite Bournemouth’s 1-1 draw at Newcastle United.

    Regardless, the forward stays in the top 3, with the chasing pack not doing enough to make his descent a steep one.

  • Tosin Adarabioyo Fulham 2022-23

    #2 Tosin Adarabioyo

    Adarabioyo moves from third into second after playing a part in Fulham’s rip-roaring comeback win at Nottingham Forest on Friday night.

    The centre-back scored a 54th-minute header to peg the hosts back in the eventual 3-2 success.

    Tosin may have inadvertently set up Forest’s Lewis O’Brien for the second goal but it did not prove costly and the Cottagers held on for their first away victory of 2022-23.

  • Alex Iwobi of Nigeria and Everton.

    #1 Alex Iwobi

    Another strong showing by Iwobi whose name was chanted by Everton supporters in the game’s closing stages.

    The midfielder set up Neal Maupay’s first goal for the Toffees in the 1-0 success over West Ham United to seal the Merseyside club’s first three points of the season after four consecutive draws.

    Iwobi stays on top and will stay there for as long as he retains a high level.