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

    Iwobi’s had to wait for his Everton debut, but it finally came against Aston Villa on Friday night. 

    Even though the Toffees lost 2-0, the attacking midfielder gave a good account of himself after his introduction for the last half-hour. 

    He was a bright spark for the visitors and nearly got himself a debut goal only to be denied by the upright. 

    Having performed well on his Everton bow, it’ll be interesting to see how Marco Silva involves the playmaker going forward.

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    Too Bad: Kelechi Iheanacho

    Iheanacho was likely not going to be Brendan Rodgers’ first choice forward to lead the Leicester City attack this season, but what was unexpected was his absence from the squad against Sheffield United

    After making the 18 in gameweeks one and two, the frontman wasn’t involved in any capacity at Bramall Lane.

    Iheanacho may have been an unused substitute against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea, but not being deemed worthy of inclusion against the Blades ought to worry the forward, whose stock continues to fall.

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    Too Good: William Troost-Ekong

    Udinese picked up an opening-day 1-0 win against AC Milan to begin their year on a high. 

    Troost-Ekong was part of the backline that kept the Milan giants at arm's length by restricting the quality of their attempts at the Dacia Arena. 

    The centre-back made seven clearances, won his individual tussles and made a vital interception to prevent a dangerous attack from the away side, who failed to muster any effort on target. 

    It was a good start to the campaign for Troost-Ekong and his teammates as they seek to avoid last season’s relegation scrap.

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    Too Bad: Okechukwu Azubuike

    Istanbul Baseksehir fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Fenerbahce on Saturday, to crank up the pressure on last season’s runners up, who have now lost their opening two games this season. 

    It wasn’t the best of outings for Okechukwu Azubuike, whose inability to win a plethora of his duels and constant loss of possession frustrated supporters and teammates alike. 

    The Istanbul outfit haven’t started the new season brightly, and now have to play catch-up in the title race following successive defeats.

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    Too Good: Tammy Abraham

    After receiving so much criticism and disgusting abuse, it was pleasing to see Abraham score twice for Chelsea as they defeated Norwich City 3-2. 

    The forward took his goals well and is finally off the mark for his boyhood club, after a 15-year association with the Blues.

    Abraham’s goals now make him joint-top scorer for the Blues this term (level with Mason Mount), and while the jury’s still out on his ability to play in the Premier League, Saturday’s brace silences the naysayers for now.