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

16:47 GMT+3 28/01/2019
Chuba Akpom
Goal review the nation’s best performers around the world this weekend, and pick out a few who must improve

  • Anthony Nwakaeme Trabzonspor

    #6 Too Good: Anthony Nwakaeme

    In Turkey, Sivasspor and Trabzonspor played out to a 1-1 stalemate. Nwakaeme was arguably the best player on the pitch owing to his contribution at both ends. Deployed down the left flank, the attacker covered every blade of grass over the course of the game. He created a few scoring opportunities in the attacking third and was unlucky not to score himself when his effort came back off the woodwork. The forward didn’t shy from getting stuck in either, and put in his fair share of tackles, winning all of them.

  • William Troost-Ekong - Parma vs Udinese, Serie A, August 19

    #5 Too Bad: William Troost-Ekong

    Beleaguered Udinese faced a daunting trip to face a Sampdoria side that hadn’t won in successive games, but could still hurt the strugglers with their superior quality. The eventual 4-0 scoreline didn’t flatter La Samp as they totally played Troost-Ekong and co. off the park. The Little Zebras’ defence conceded an inordinate number of chances to the home side who could have added more to their quartet of goals. The Nigerian centre-back could only win one duel all game, and was often guilty of committing silly fouls throughout. If results elsewhere go against them, Udinese could find themselves even closer to the dropzone at the conclusion of gameweek 21.

  • Isaac Success - Watford vs. Huddersfield Town

    #4 Too Good: Isaac Success

    Watford traveled to Newcastle United for their FA Cup Fourth Round tie knowing full well the tie could go either way. The Hornets eventually secured a 2-0 win at St James’ Park, but one player in particular was extra delighted. Having gone three months and 14 games without finding the back of the net, Success finally broke his prolonged duck with his very late strike against Rafael Benitez’s men. Equally, the left winger was a constant thorn in the home side’s defence and they often resorted to cynical fouls to slow him down. With the monkey now off his back, the attacker will hope he doesn’t have to wait so long for his next goal.

  • Ademola Lookman of Everton

    #3 Too Bad: Ademola Lookman

    In one of the unforeseen results of the round, Everton were stunned by Millwall in a 3-2 defeat. Lookman didn’t pull up any trees with his performance and, frankly, was lucky to play as long as 79 minutes in a game that saw him lose the ball more than anyone could care to count. The wideman was equally weak in his personal duels and cut a peripheral figure for the time he spent on the pitch. Nothing went his way at the Den at the weekend, and having played poorly in the Toffees’ previous game – a 3-2 defeat by Southampton – he couldn’t have many complaints if Marco Silva drops him for the Blues’ trip to Huddersfield Town in midweek.

  • Chuba Akpom - PAOK

    #2 Too Good: Chuba Akpom

    PAOK knew before a ball was kicked against OFI Crete that a win would see them maintain their eight-point lead at the top of the table. The leaders duly obliged with a convincing 4-0 thrashing of the relegation-threatened visitors. Akpom was a protagonist in the high-flyers’ win as he bagged a pair of goals. In fact, the youngster had a hand in three of the home side’s goals as well as he played in Leo Jaba for their third goal on the day. The forward’s brace were his first goals since early December which consequently takes his tally for the season to four.

  • Henry Onyekuru - Galatasaray

    #1 Too Bad: Henry Onyekuru

    What a difference a week makes. Having hit a hat-trick in Galatasaray’s 6-0 annihilation of Ankaragucu in the previous gameweek, a lot was expected of Onyekuru when the Reds faced Goztepe. Fatih Terim’s side picked up a slender 1-0 win, but the forward’s performance was really poor. He not only failed to create any chance for his teammates, but he then also missed two huge opportunities that were presented to him on a silver platter. His passing was poor all game and he lost a plethora of his duels. It definitely wasn’t the showing that had been expected from Onyekuru before a ball was kicked.