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 this weekend, and pick out a few who must improve

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    #5 Too Good: Samuel Kalu

    Bordeaux were extremely unlucky to concede a late equalizer in their 1-1 draw against relegation-threatened Amiens on Sunday. Kalu was, by far, the best player on the pitch as he put in his most impressive performance of the season for the Girondins. Asides his goal in the 22nd minute – which was his first since September – the wideman gave a complete performance for the mid-ttable team. He created a couple of good scoring opportunities from out wide, while also showing another side to his game by getting stuck in to win a glut of tackles. Ricardo Gomes may have been disappointed with his side’s failure to see out the win, but Kalu’s display did offer a glimmer of hope.

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    #4 Too Bad: Semi Ajayi

    Lowly Rotherham United may be battling relegation in the Championship, but their form at New York Stadium had seen them lose just once before the visit of West Bromwich Albion. However, the Millers suffered their second defeat on Saturday when the Baggies thrashed them 4-0. On the one hand, Ajayi and his teammates were somewhat unlucky to concede a quartet of goals from just five shots on target. However, when you leak that many goals at home, everyone needs to look in the mirror and shoulder a bit of the blame. The loss was their first in South Yorkshire since late August, and Ajayi and co. will be out to respond with a stirring performance against Bolton Wanderers on Boxing Day.

  3. #3 Too Good: Emmanuel Dennis

    Before Antwerp’s visit to Jan Breydel Stadium to play Club Brugge, the hosts had won just once in seven outings. The drop in form had seen them fall seven points behind Genk in the title race, but they showed their class against top opposition, and Dennis was a protagonist in the huge 5-1 win. The forward scored the first and fourth goals for FCB, taking his tally in recent games to three in his last three appearances and five in 11 this season. For a side that’s struggled for goals in recent matches, the plethora of goals was just what the doctor ordered, and they’ll hope to stay within touching distance of the league leaders.

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    #2 Too Bad: Leon Balogun

    After a school-boy mistake cost his Brighton & Hove Albion side against Chelsea in the previous gameweek, it wouldn’t have been out of place to expect a response from Balogun in the Seagulls’ trip to Bournemouth. Nonetheless, the Albion fell to another disappointing away defeat as it ended 2-0. While Balogun didn’t gift the Cherries any goal as he’d done against the Blues, he could have closed down David Brooks for the home side’s opener. The result at the Vitality Stadium represented Brighton's seventh loss on the road this season and they’ll seek a response when they play host to Arsenal on December 26.

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    #1 Too Good: Henry Onyekuru

    Having gone from top of the table to fifth place following an atrocious run of one victory in eight fixtures, Galatasaray were in danger of further falling behind in the title race when they welcomed Sivasspor. With the score level at 2-2 at the break, it was Onyekuru who came up trumps for the Reds to seal a 4-2 success. The forward’s goals were his first since early November (a 3-0 win away at Kayserispor), and it took him to six for the season after 15 appearances. It was a perfect performance and result for player and club respectively, as they closed the gap at the top to six points heading into the winter break.