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

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Goal review the nation's top performers around the world, and pick out a few who must improve

  1. Aston Villa

    #6 Too Good: Tammy Abraham

    Derby County were expected to make light work of an inconsistent Aston Villa side when both sides faced off at Pride Park, but the Villans had other ideas as they thrashed the Rams 3-0. The towering Abraham was a protagonist in the unforeseen victory and got on the scoresheet by netting the second of three second-half goals for Dean Smith’s side. Having gone three games without scoring, the loanee will’ve been delighted to end his mini-drought and consequently take his league tally to five goals in 11 appearances.

  2. #5 Too Bad: Oghenekaro Etebo

    Stoke City played out to a successive goalless draw following Saturday’s stalemate against Nottingham Forest at City Ground. Having been out of sorts against Middlesbrough, Etebo gave another below-par outing against Aitor Karanka’s side, and it was no surprise he was hooked with 15 minutes to play. The energetic midfielder intermittently lost several duels and didn’t show his tenacious side before his withdrawal. He didn’t show enough in the final third either, and wouldn’t have begrudged his manager’s decision. The Potters dropped to 14th after the draw.

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    #4 Too Good: William Troost-Ekong

    Out-of-form Udinese suffered a 2-1 defeat at fellow strugglers Empoli on Sunday which extended their winless run to seven – with six defeats in that time. However, Troost-Ekong gave a performance right out of the top drawer for the Little Zebras. The centre-back won a high percentage of his individual battles, showed a remarkable reading of the game, won possession back cleanly, was a rock in the air and put his body on the line to prevent shots. He even created a couple of big opportunities at the other end as well, and definitely shouldn’t have been on the losing side after a complete defensive performance.

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    #3 Too Bad: Alex Iwobi

    Having played poorly for most of the game, especially in the first 45, against Wolverhampton Wanders, Arsenal might consider themselves lucky to have secured a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium. Iwobi wasn’t the worst player in the opening half, but the attacking midfielder’s inability to keep possession and impact the game in the final third probably forced Unai Emery into withdrawing him at half-time. The North London side remain unbeaten (run now stands at 16 games in all competitions), but have now gone three games without a win. That will worry Emery. 

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    #2 Too Good: Henry Onyekuru

    Having failed to score for over two months, the forward eventually found himself back among the goals in Galatasaray’s 3-0 win over 10-man Kayserispor. The forward netted not one, but two, in the Reds’ dominant victory which saw them keep pace with leaders Istanbul Basaksehir – the win took them to 23 points, four behind the pace setters. The loanee will hope to go on a spree after finally negotiating a really tough couple of months. 

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    #1 Too Bad: Ogenyi Onazi

    It wasn’t such a lucky gameweek for Onazi as the midfield man played poorly in Trabzonspor’s 5-0 hammering at Yeni Malatyaspor. His performance was error-ridden and it was no surprise he made a huge gaffe that led to the concession of a goal. The below-par display will have been really disappointing for the dogged Onazi who’d been playing well in recent weeks, but now has to stew over this outing throughout the international break.