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Ranking Everton’s greatest Nigerian players

8:18 PM GMT 09/08/2019
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As Alex Iwobi becomes the latest Super Eagle to join the Toffees, Goal ranks his predecessors

  • Alex Iwobi Arsenal 2018-19

    Alex Iwobi

    The Super Eagles star left his boyhood club Arsenal for Everton on transfer deadline day, making late headlines following an engrossing window, and becoming the latest Nigerian to sign for the Toffees.

    The Goodison Park heavyweights have had a long history of recruiting Nigerian talents, and Iwobi follows in a long line of Super Eagles heroes to have joined the Merseysiders.

    Here are our top five.

  • Henry Onyekuru of Anderlecht

    Henry Onyekuru

    We begin with Onyekuru, who, intriguingly, is yet to play for Everton due to work-visa issues, despite signing back in 2017.

    He joined the People’s Club on the back of a prolific spell with KAS Eupen, and has since impressed on loan at Anderlecht and Galatasaray, even though injuries have affected his progress.

    The wideman appears primed to leave Merseyside once again, with AS Monaco understood to be keen to bring the attacker to Ligue 1.

  • Victor Anichebe,Everton

    Victor Anichebe

    Like Onyekuru, Anichebe is another to have struggled with injuries throughout his career.

    Born in Lagos, he moved to Liverpool as a baby, and broke into the senior team in 2006 after coming through the club’s academy.

    He would go on to play 131 league games for the Toffees—and make 11 Nigeria appearances—but a series of fitness issues meant he never truly realised his potential.

    Big Vic went on to feature for West Bromwich and Sunderland before concluding his career in China.

  • Joseph Yobo - Everton

    Joseph Yobo

    The Super Eagles centurion—and Africa Cup of Nations-winning campaign in 2013—Yobo was an instant hit at Everton after signing from Olympique de Marseille, initially on loan, in 2002.

    He was a key figure in David Moyes’s fine side for seven years, forming a fine partnership with Joleon Lescott—among others—and becoming the first African player to captain the club.

    He subsequently moved onto Fenerbahce, and then Norwich City, and represented Nigeria at three World Cups.

  • Yakubu Aiyegbeni Everton

    Aiyegbeni Yakubu

    An underrated goalscorer, only one African player—Didier Drogba—has scored more Premier League goals than The Yak, who managed 96 strikes with various different English clubs.

    After spells with Portsmouth and Middlesbrough, he enjoyed four seasons with Everton, scoring 25 in 82 in the league during that period.

    He’s Nigeria’s third highest scorer of all time, after Rashidi Yekini and Segun Odegbami, although his time with the national side is arguably best remembered for his horror miss against South Korea at the 2010 World Cup.

  • Daniel Amokachi Nigeria

    Daniel Amokachi

    A legend with both Everton and Nigeria, Amokachi’s time with the Toffees was brief, but he was influential in their FA Cup success in 1995—scoring twice in the semi-final victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

    He’d win the Turkish Cup with Besiktas three years later, having initially featured for Club Brugge after moving to Europe from his homeland.

    The attacker—and former Nigeria assistant coach—was a member of Nigeria’s Golden Generation of 1994, winning the Afcon, playing in the World Cup, and going on to clinch an Olympic gold two years later.