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

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

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    #5 Too Good: Ola Aina

    Having fallen behind to a Frosinone side that hadn’t picked up a win at Stadio Benito Stirpe, Walter Mazzarri knew his Torino side couldn’t afford to slip up in the top-six chase.

    Mazzarri needed a rousing response after the break, and his team obliged, with his changes playing a part in the eventual 2-1 win.

    Aina was introduced at right wing-back for the poor Lorenzo De Silvestri with 20 minutes to play, and the wideman proved his worth in the game’s closing stages.

    He gave The Bull greater impetus going forward in the last phase of the game, and headed the ball on to Andrea Belotti for the winning goal only eight minutes after coming on.

    The comeback win took the Maroons into sixth spot.

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    #4 Too Bad: Anthony Ujah

    Following a promising performance in Mainz’s 2-1 defeat by Hertha Berlin in gameweek 24, Sandro Schwarz gave Ujah another chance from the off against Borussia Monchengladbach.

    However, the frontman didn’t reward his manager’s faith by delivering a poor performance. His outing was characterized by his inability to complete basic passes (had a 53 percent pass completion) which led to constant turnovers of possession.

    Ujah didn’t get much joy in his duels either, and it was no surprise Schwarz hooked the ineffective striker with 55 minutes played. Unfortunately, the substitution didn’t kick the 05ers into gear, as they went on to lose 1-0.

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    #3 Too Good: Anthony Nwakaeme

    Knowing full well Besiktas were to play host to fifth-placed Konyaspor, fourth-placed Trabzonspor knew that it was vital to secure maximum points against bottom-club Akhisarspor.

    After falling behind just after the hour, it seemed like one of those afternoons where luck deserts you even after dominating. However, there was to be no shock result at Medical Park Stadyumu, as the Black Sea Storm raised their level to eventually win 2-1.

    Nwakaeme was a protagonist in the result too, as it was his equalizer in the 70th minute that galvanized his teammates to push for the win with 20 to play.

    It was the forward’s seventh league goal of the campaign, and the victory saw Trabzonspor extend their lead over Konyaspor to five points, as the latter fell to a 3-2 defeat against Besiktas.
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    #2 Too Bad: Victor Moses

    By contrast, it wasn’t a good outing for Moses as Fenerbahce lost 2-1 at Istanbul Basaksehir.

    The wideman failed to create any meaningful opportunities in attacking areas, and was guilty of losing the ball a few times, evidenced by an inability to win his individual battles.

    In truth, it was surprising to see the Chelsea loanee stay on for the entire duration of the game given his below-par display.

    With only one win in their last five, the Yellow Canaries sit in 14th, two places and a sole point off the relegation positions.

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    #1 Too Good: Wilfred Ndidi

    Brendan Rodgers picked up his maiden win as Leicester City boss with a comprehensive 3-1 victory over struggling Fulham.

    Ndidi was immense in the middle of the park as he, yet again, showed his importance to the Foxes.

    Nothing went past the midfield destroyer all game, and he proved his worth by coming out on top in a glut of duels, while only failing in two of his attempted tackles.

    Ndidi’s total control of things in the middle of the park then allowed Youri Tielemans and James Maddison to strut their stuff in the final third as the pair created a combined five chances in the game.

    Leicester’s successive home win sees them rise to tenth in the table.