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

Semi Ajayi - Rotherham United
Goal review the nation’s best performers around the world this weekend, and pick out a few who must improve

  1. Too Good: Victor Moses

    #5 Too Good: Victor Moses

    Struggling Fenerbahce needed nothing short of maximum points when they played host to Caykur Rizespor this weekend, with the visitors similarly in the lower reaches of the league. Following a topsy-turvy encounter at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium, it was Fener who found the late winner courtesy of Moses.

    With the scores tied at 2-2 going into the final 10 minutes, the wideman held his nerve to score from the spot in the 84th minute to send the home fans into raptures. It was the attacker’s second goal for the club since his loan move and it sent the Yellow Canaries to 14th – two points and two places above the relegation positions.

  2. Too Bad: Samuel Eduok

    #4 Too Bad: Samuel Eduok

    By contrast, Samuel Eduok wasn’t quite as pivotal for BB Erzurumspor. 

    Admittedly, the second-bottom side secured an unforeseen point to derail Galatasaray’s title hopes, but on a personal note, Eduok didn’t play anywhere near his best. 

    The left winger was guilty of constantly losing possession, and won only 15 percent of his duels. 

    Frankly, it was a surprise he lasted 89 minutes on the pitch after playing so poorly. 

  3. Too Good: Tammy Abraham
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    #3 Too Good: Tammy Abraham

    Aston Villa’s dreadful run that’d seen them win just three games since December has led to their playoff hopes fading. 

    Against a recently beleaguered Derby County, though, the Villans found their form, and annihilated Frank Lampard’s side 4-0. 

    Abraham scored one and provided another in what was arguably Villa’s best performance in over two months. 

    While the towering forward could’ve had another, but missed the golden opportunity, he took his tally to 21 for the season and stays in contention with Teemu Pukki (24) and Billy Sharp (21) for the top scorer's award.  

    Dean Smith’s side may have secured the win, but remain six points off the playoffs, having played a game more.

  4. Too Bad: Fikayo Tomori
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    #2 Too Bad: Fikayo Tomori

    On the other end of the drubbing at Villa Park was Fikayo Tomori, who was part of the Derby defence that let in four goals at Villa Park. 

    The defeat was the Rams’ fourth on the spin in all competitions, and they now find themselves three points behind Bristol City in sixth. 

    An inability to keep clean sheets consistently could prove to be Tomori and his teammates’ undoing as they look to return to the Premier League.

    Only a handful of clubs have kept fewer clean sheets than Derby this term, and Lampard must fix their supposedly soft underbelly if they’re to end in the top six at the season's end.

  5. Too Good: Semi Ajayi

    #1 Too Good: Semi Ajayi

    After playing out to five successive draws in the league, Rotherham United finally got that elusive win at the sixth attempt with an exciting 3-2 win against Blackburn Rovers

    Ajayi, unusually, proved to be the difference between the sides as his brace helped his side to the much-needed win. 

    The centre-back, deployed at the base of the midfield in recent gameweeks, has now scored three goals in successive games - taking his tally for the season to four. 

    While the win wasn’t enough to lift Paul Warne’s side out of the dropzone (they remain level on points with Reading who won 2-1 at Ipswich Town), the success could prove to be a huge confidence boost in their fight to avoid relegation.