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

15:28 GMT+3 04/02/2019
Victor Moses - Fenerbahce
Goal review the nation’s best performers around the world this weekend, and pick out a few who must improve

  • Mattia Valoti Ola Aina SPAL Torino Serie A

    #6 Too Good: Ola Aina

    Defences came out on top in the goalless draw between SPAL and Torino on Sunday afternoon. Having seen his level drop lately, the defender gave a much improved performance at Stadio Paolo Mazza. While the on-loan defender might have failed to offer much as an attacking threat, he was strong in his individual battles and drew several fouls for his team. He was also rightly positioned to snuff out any brewing danger to prevent the Bull, who were reduced to ten men, from falling to their second away defeat this season. 
  • Alex  Iwobi - Manchester City vs. Arsenal

    #5 Too Bad: Alex Iwobi

    Arsenal stood little chance against Manchester City, but they still didn't expect to start as miserably as they did on Sunday. Unfortunately for Iwobi, he was culpable in City’s opener that came after just 47 seconds at the Etihad Stadium. The playmaker was caught in possession in the Gunners’ defensive third before Aymeric Laporte played in Sergio Aguero who headed home for his first of three goals as it ended 3-1. Admittedly, there weren’t any passing options for the Nigeria international, but he definitely could’ve cleared his lines and got the ball out of harm’s way given the intense pressure he was under. Unai Emery’s side dropped to sixth following the defeat in Manchester.

  • Oghenekaro Etebo -Stoke City v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Pre-Season Friendly

    #4 Too Good: Oghenekaro Etebo

    A 2-0 defeat by Hull City was Stoke City’s fourth in their last five league games. While the loss will give Nathan James much to mull over, the Welshman will have been buoyed by Etebo’s midfield performance. He was, without a doubt, the best outfield player on the day, and was head and shoulders above his teammates at the KCOM Stadium. The accuracy of his passing was admirable and he combined that with a fair bit of creativity in the final third.

    Equally, the Nigeria international contributed in the defensive side by getting stuck in (he completed all of his tackles), making a couple of interceptions, blocking a shot from testing Jack Butland in goal and clearing the ball from danger when necessary.

    It's safe to say that the dogged central midfielder didn’t deserve to be on the losing side.

  • Henry Onyekuru - Galatasaray

    #3 Too Bad: Henry Onyekuru

    Having played poorly in Galatasaray’s slender 1-0 win over Goztepe last time out, an Onyekuru response was expected when the Reds did battle with Alanyaspor. Unfortunately, it was more of the same from the forward, whose atrocious outing wouldn’t have impressed Fatih Terim as both sides played out to a 1-1 draw.

    The wideman was on the periphery of proceedings and constantly gave away possession when he did have the ball. Having tried to keep the pressure on leaders Istanbul Basaksehir in recent weeks, the stalemate saw the Yellow-Reds fall eight points behind in the title race. 

  • Victor Moses - Fenerbahce vs. Goztepe

    #2 Too Good: Victor Moses

    After an impressive 24-minute debut for Fenerbahce, the wideman picked up right where he left off and went even one better with a goal in the Yellow Canaries’ 2-0 victory over Goztepe. In truth, the home side could, and should, have scored more, but had to settle for just two goals. Having opened his account for Fener in just 50 minutes of football played, the Chelsea loanee will hope to maintain his level for the rest of the season. Consecutive wins for Ersun Yanal’s side now sees them sat in 12th in the table – four places and three points off the relegation zone.

  • Emmanuel Bonaventure Dennis

    #1 Too Bad: Emmanuel Dennis and Anderson Esiti

    Club Brugge and Gent couldn’t be separated after 90 minutes with the 1-1 scoreline reflective of the teams’ performances. The encounter at the Jan Breydal Stadium will unfortunately be remembered for two dismissals in close succession. After Esiti had contrived to put his side in a precarious position by receiving two yellows in minutes 56 and 62, Dennis didn’t get the memo of needing to make the most of his side’s advantage by receiving a straight red with 15 minutes left.

    It was particularly disappointing for the home fans given they’d just seen their team peg the visitors back four minutes before the wideman’s straight red, which left them unable to push for the winner.

    Following the stalemate, Club Brugge fell nine points behind leaders Genk, while Gent retained their playoff spot...just.