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

6:51 PM WAT 03/10/2022
Lookman, Aribo, Iwobi
GOAL reviews the nation’s best performers around the world this weekend and picked out a few who must improve.

GOAL analyses how talent from the West African side performed in various European countries.

Ademola Lookman and Joe Aribo were on song for Atalanta and Southampton respectively, while Alex Iwobi put up another decent performance for Everton.

Elsewhere, Lorient’s Moffi was caged against Lille while Samuel Chukwueze offered little as Villarreal shared the points with Cadiz on Sunday.

  • Joe Aribo Southampton 2022-23

    Review of Nigerians abroad

    Club football resumed in Europe after the international break, and it saw Nigerians experience opposing fortunes.

    Lookman got his second Serie A goal with Aribo finding the net as Southampton ended up on the losing side. Even at Chukwueze’s introduction for Villarreal, he could not inspire the Yellow Submarine to victory at Nuevo Mirandilla.

  • Ademola Lookman

    Too Good: Ademola Lookman

    Lookman was Atalanta’s hero in their 1-0 triumph over Fiorentina in Sunday’s Serie A outing.

    A minute before the hour mark at the Gewiss Stadium, the Nigeria international beat goalkeeper Pietro Terracciano thanks to an assist by Luis Muriel.

    Aside from scoring his second Serie A goal of the 2022-23 campaign, the Goddess are now unbeaten in eight league games as they look to challenge Napoli for the title this season.

  • Dominic Solanke Bournemouth 2022-23

    Too Bad: Dominic Solanke

    The Nigeria prospect put up a sluggish performance as Bournemouth settled for a 0-0 draw with Brentford in a Premier League game.

    Since scoring and assisting in the Cherries’ 3-2 triumph over Nottingham Forest on September 9, Solanke has failed to inspire the English top-flight newcomers.

    Despite featuring from start to finish, he could only muster a shot – which went off target, with statistics showing he accounted for 16 passes and a passing accuracy of 87.5 percent.

    In that same outing, Nigeria’s Frank Onyeka was introduced for Shandon Baptiste with six minutes left on the clock.

  • Joe Aribo of Southampton vs Everton.

    Too Good: Joe Aribo

    Aribo’s second Premier League goal could not prevent Southampton from bowing 2-1 to Everton.

    Four minutes into the second half at St. Mary’s Stadium, the former Rangers man broke the deadlock for Saints.

    Notwithstanding, Frank Lampard’s men reduced the deficit before sealing victory courtesy of Dwight McNeil.

    Overall, Aribo won three aerial duels as he enjoyed a passing accuracy of 66.7%. He made one key pass and registered two shots. Defensively, he made three clearances and five total tackles.

  • Samuel Chukwueze Villarreal

    Too Bad: Samuel Chukwueze

    The winger went to Nuevo Mirandilla hoping to end his La Liga goal drought in the 2022-23 La Liga campaign, nevertheless, he was unsuccessful as Villarreal played out a disappointing 0-0 draw at Cadiz.

    Playing his seventh league match of the season, Chukwueze was introduced for Nicolas Jackson in the 83rd minute, but his presence could not help the Yellow Submarine peg down the hosts – who had a man sent off.

    Well, one would argue that he featured for just seven minutes. Even at that, he fluffed opportunities to have given the former Europa League winners victory.

  • Chidera Ejuke

    Too Good: Chidera Ejuke

    Ejuke's assist helped Hertha Berlin extend their unbeaten streak to four in Sunday’s 1-1 Bundesliga draw with Hoffenheim.

    Andrej Kramaric had given the visitors a 25th-minute lead, however, the hosts restored parity after the Super Eagle set up Dodi Lukebakio 12 minutes later.

    The CSKA Moscow loanee made the too good list because he has now made at least an assist in his last three league matches.

  • Terem Moffi Lorient 2022-23

    Too Bad: Terem Moffi

    Having found the net in Nigeria’s 2-1 defeat to Algeria, many thought that would fuel Moffi to propel Lorient to victory against Lille.

    Even with his side’s 2-1 triumph, the striker could not beat goalkeeper Lucas Chevalier before he was eventually substituted for Ibrahima Kone.

  •  Nigeria Alex Iwobi and Everton.

    Too Good: Alex Iwobi

    Despite missing out on the Premier League Player of the Month award, that did not deter Iwobi as he was instrumental in Everton’s comeback win over Southampton.

    The former Arsenal man assisted the winning goal scored by Dwight McNeil for his third assist of the 2022-23 campaign.