Review of Nigerians abroad
While Alex Iwobi impressed yet again as a wide defender for Everton, which of the nation’s stars played commendably and who underwhelmed?
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Too Good: Zaidu Sanusi
Sanusi opened his league account for Porto in their exciting 4-3 win over Tondela to secure their third straight win on the spin.
The hosts made the game against the relegation-threatened side way more difficult than it should have to reduce the gap at the top to four points after Sporting Lisbon could only draw.
Slowly but surely Sanusi is integrating nicely into the Portuguese giants as Sergio Conceicao’s team look to move on from Alex Telles.
Too Bad: Ola Aina
The Fulham full-back endured a tough afternoon vs Manchester City made life difficult for the West Londoners at the Etihad Stadium.
Pep Guardiola’s team only won 2-0 but should have scored more as they attacked the visitors’ goal relentlessly all afternoon.
The defeat was Fulham’s eighth of the season but they avoid falling into the bottom three by virtue of all the teams around them dropping points this weekend.
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Too Good: Alex Iwobi
Despite Everton’s 1-1 draw at Burnley, Iwobi gave a good account of himself on his return to right wing-back at Turf Moor.
Against a side that ceded possession and territory to the Toffees, the Nigerian was involved in the visitors’ build-up and was quite unlucky not to register an assist against the Clarets.
The greatest challenge since his move to wing-back will possibly come when Carlo Ancelotti’s team play Chelsea next Sunday.
Too Bad: William Troost-Ekong
Watford suffered a 1-0 defeat by Cardiff City which saw them drop out of the Championship’s top six.
Troost-Ekong was largely second-best to every tussle, winning one of seven aerial duels and none of his ground tussles either.
The loss ended the Hornets’ six-game unbeaten run and they dropped to seventh in the table.
However, Vladimir Ivic’s team remain outside the playoff spots on goal difference and are just four points behind leaders Norwich City in a tight Championship table.
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Too Good: Paul Onuachu
The in-form frontman scored twice as Genk beat Antwerp 4-2 at Luminus Arena on Saturday, his third brace this season and two in succession.
Onuachu is now up to 14 league goals in 15 appearances as John van den Brom’s team racked up a seventh victory on the trot to stay top of the Belgian top flight.
Cyriel Dessers replaced his compatriot with nine minutes to play and netted his fourth league goal of the campaign.