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

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

  1. Too Good: Semi Ajayi

    Too Good: Semi Ajayi

    West Bromwich Albion went into their game against Fulham at Craven Cottage seeking to extend their unbeaten start to Slaven Bilic’s reign.

    When Anthony Knockaert struck in the 49th minute of the game, it seemed the Albion were set for their first loss.

    However, Ajayi had other ideas, as he took advantage of Marcus Bettinelli’s failure to claim a Matheus Pereira corner to peg the Cottagers back in the 80th minute.

    It was the defender’s first goal for the Baggies since moving from Rotherham United in the summer, and it maintained his side’s unbeaten start, to the visiting fans’ delight.

    While Bilic’s side have been criticised for their tendency to drop points (they’ve now played out to four stalemates after seven games), the timing of Ajayi’s strike means this one has to go down as a point gained, rather than two lost.

  2. Too Bad: Chidozie Awaziem

    Too Bad: Chidozie Awaziem

    Awaziem’s Leganes debut won’t live long in his memory as the Cucumber Growers were beaten 3-0 by Villarreal at the Municipal de Butarque. 

    Perhaps as a reaction to their poor start this season, Mauricio Pellegrino unusually sent out his side in a back four, as opposed to a back three against the Yellow Submarine. Unfortunately, it backfired spectacularly with Lega being hit for three without reply on home turf. 

    Awaziem and co. stay rooted to the bottom of the log after four successive defeats to start the season.

  3. Too Good: Victor Osimhen

    Too Good: Victor Osimhen

    Osimhen netted yet another goal in LOSC Lille’s 2-1 win against Angers on Friday night, which kept Christophe Galtier’s troops in the top three on nine points, only three behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

    The 20-year-old’s tally of five goals in five means he’s averaging a goal a game, which places him level with Olympique Lyonnais’ Moussa Dembele on the scorers’ log.

    Whisper it quietly, but Nicolas Pepe’s departure to Arsenal isn’t being felt...for now at least.

  4. Too Bad: Jamilu Collins

    Too Bad: Jamilu Collins

    Winless Paderborn welcomed Schalke 04 to the Benteler-Arena hoping to finally get the rub of the green after unsuccessful attempts in the first three gameweeks.

    However, they were hit by a five-star away performance in the eventual 5-1 thrashing in front of their wishful supporters.

    More frustrating for the supporters on the day was the nature of Collins and his teammates' capitulation having gone in front through Cauly Oliveira in the eighth minute.

    The second-half collapse ought to worry Steffen Baumgart, as his side conceded four times after the break to hand the Royal Blues their first away win of the campaign.

    Paderborn stay second-bottom after four games to continue their miserable start to the top flight. Surely, it's not the start locals envisioned on their return to the big time.

  5. Too Good: Tammy Abraham
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    Too Good: Tammy Abraham

    After scoring a pair of braces against Norwich City and Sheffield United, Abraham went one better by netting his first Chelsea hat-trick in their emphatic 5-2 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

    It was also the towering forward’s second treble of his career, and it places him joint-top in the scoring charts with seasoned Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, with the pair on seven goals apiece after gameweek five.

    Not a bad return for someone hitherto considered ‘not good enough’ to play at this level!