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

6:46 PM GMT+4 14/01/2019
Ademola Lookman Everton 2018-19
Goal review the nation’s best performers around the world this weekend, and pick out a few who must improve

  • Kenneth Omeruo Leganes

    #6 Too Good: Kenneth Omeruo

    A professional Leganes performance against bottom-placed Huesca helped the home side to 1-0 success, in what could prove to be hugely significant in the battle to beat the drop. Omeruo was part of a watertight defence that gave absolutely nothing to the doomed visitors who created little on the day – evidenced by the fact the Cucumber Growers carved out four big chances, as opposed to none for Huesca. Furthermore, the centre-back was rarely second-best in his personal battles over the course of the game. The win saw his side leap up to 14th.

  • Samuel Chukwueze - Villarreal

    #5 Too Bad: Samuel Chukwueze

    However, it was a completely different story for Villarreal following their 2-1 defeat by Getafe at El Madrigal which resulted in the Yellow Submarine's drop to 19th place. Chukwueze didn’t cover himself in glory following another average performance, and was unsurprisingly hooked before the hour mark. His erratic passing saw him complete just over 60% of his attempts and was irritatingly dispossessed on a few occasions. Missing a gilt-edged opportunity midway through the opening half wouldn’t have gone down well with Luis Garcia, and the youngster’s withdrawal early in the second-half didn’t come as a surprise. 

  • Fikayo Tomori, Derby County

    #4 Too Good: Fikayo Tomori

    Marcelo Bielsa’s ‘spy-gate’ allegations dominated headlines before Leeds United’s encounter with Derby County, which the hosts went on to win 2-0. Even though he ended on the losing side, Tomori put in a good display for Frank Lampard’s charges. In a game that Bielsa’s side controlled, the loanee showed his impeccable reading of the game, evidenced by his glut of interceptions. The centre-back was equally commanding in the air and cleared the ball out of dangerous areas when necessary. While the loss means Derby have won just once in six league games, the outstanding Tomori should hold his head high after a solid outing.

  • Ola Aina

    #3 Too Bad: Ola Aina

    A 2-0 home defeat by Fiorentina meant Torino were knocked out of the Coppa Italia at the Round of 16. Aina may have featured for 89 minutes, but the wingback didn’t cover himself in glory. While he did create a big chance which was spurned, the loanee didn’t get the rub of the green thereafter. The wideman not only missed a gilt-edged opportunity to open The Bull’s account, but also failed to deliver in other aspects. His inability to dribble past his marker on multiple occasions saw him give away possession time and again. Similarly, all attempted tackles were mistimed and he lost a plethora of his duels. The loss means the Turin-based club have now failed to get the better of Fiorentina in five attempts.

  • Ademola Lookman

    #2 Too Good: Ademola Lookman

    Everton improved after a disappointing first-half performance against Bournemouth to eventually seal a 2-0 win, and Lookman played a vital role in the win at Goodison Park. With the Cherries threatening to level the score with a late flurry of attacks, the youngster’s composure and quality shone through in the closing stages, as his pull-back set up Dominic Calvert-Lewin to make sure of the three points. Having rewarded Lookman with a start following his impressive outing in the FA Cup win over Lincoln City, Marco Silva's faith was rewarded after the attacker proved his worth against superior opposition in Eddie Howe's team .

  • Tammy Abraham - Aston Villa

    #1 Too Bad: Tammy Abraham

    Aston Villa’s form might have dipped in recent weeks - evidenced by a run of one win in six before Saturday - but their goalscoring threat never diminished. That’s, in part, down to Abraham who’s been in imperious form in recent months. Facing the out-of-form Wigan Athletic was supposed to see the forward add to his 16 league goals this season. However, the Latics stunned Villa 3-0 to record their first league win in eight league games. Abraham didn’t get a sniff all game and cut an isolated figure up front as Dean Smith’s side surprisingly failed to create anything meaningful against the usually leaky home side. The Villains fell to 12th-place following the win, and now sit five points adrift of a playoff spot.