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

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    Too Good: Alex Iwobi

    Having netted in Everton’s mid-week League Cup victory at Lincoln City, Iwobi picked up where he left off in the Toffees' 3-2 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.

    The attacking midfielder did well to direct a header past Rui Patricio in the visitors’ net to score his first Premier League goal for Marco Silva’s side on his first start at Goodison Park.

    Iwobi was equally impressive in last week’s 2-0 defeat by Aston Villa, and he’s yet to put a foot wrong in Merseyside.

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    Too Bad: Samuel Chukwueze

    Chukwueze disappointed in Villarreal’s 2-2 draw with Real Madrid on Sunday, which prompted his early withdrawal in the 55th minute by Javier Calleja.

    He struggled to get to grips with the game, and tended to lose the ball when he did receive it.

    Additionally, the attacker couldn’t help out enough defensively as right-back Mario Gasper struggled against Gareth Bale and Ferland Mendy.

    It may have ended in a creditable stalemate for the Yellow Submarine, but Chukwueze didn’t perform near his best at El Madrigal.

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    Too Good: Moses Simon

    Nantes played out to a 1-0 win over Montpellier at Stade de la Beaujoire, and Simon was arguably the Canaries’ best player on the day.

    His trickery and directness posed a threat all game and he backed that up with end product – evidenced by his five chances created – and it was no surprise that he was directly involved in Abdoulaye Toure’s strike in the 84th minute.

    It was a great performance on his first start for the club, and following his goal in last week’s cameo at Amiens, is slowly working his way into Christian Gourcuff’s best XI.  

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    Too Good: Tammy Abraham

    The towering Chelsea frontman showed that his brace in the Blues’ 3-2 win at Norwich City in gameweek three was no fluke as he scored another pair in their 2-2 against Sheffield United.

    While Frank Lampard’s side are still to record a victory at Stamford Bridge this term, Abraham is starting to show the goalscoring form at Aston Villa that made people tout him as Chelsea’s best goal threat.

    With the forward now attracting attention of observers, he’ll need to thrive when the West Londoners play Wolverhampton Wanderers in a fortnight, to prove he can deliver against better opposition.

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    Too Bad: William Troost-Ekong

    On the balance of play, Troost-Ekong and his Udinese teammates didn’t deserve to lose 3-1 against Parma at the Dacia Arena. 

    However, the reality will show that the Little Zebras conceded from the visitors’ three shots on target.

    It wasn’t the best of home starts for Igor Tudor, who needs his rearguard to hold off the opposition better in subsequent games.