From Kanu to Awoniyi: Every single Nigerian scorer in the Premier League

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From the Premier League’s inauguration to the present day, Nigerian strikers have been lighting up the top flight.

This weekend, Joe Aribo and Taiwo Awoniyi added their names to the illustrious list of Nigerian scorers in the top flight.

Here, in reverse order, Ed Dove runs through the players who have netted in the PL.

  • Nottingham Forest forward Taiwo Awoniyi and Nigeria.Getty.

    Taiwo Awoniyi

    The newest Nigerian scorer in the top flight, Awoniyi marked his return to the Premier League—and his signing for Nottingham Forest—with the winner against West Ham United.

    Expect many more from the former Union Berlin man.

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    Joe Aribo

    One of two Nigerians to net their debut goal in the Premier League this weekend, Aribo came off the bench to net in the come-from-behind draw against Leeds United.

    Can the ex-Rangers midfielder inspire the Saints out of the dangerzone this season?

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    Taye Taiwo

    Magnificent left-back who peaked too soon, Taiwo scored once while on loan at Queens Park Rangers, helping Mark Hughes’ side avoid relegation.

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    Danny Shittu

    Played in the Premier League with Bolton Wanderers, but scored in the top flight while on the books of Watford, failing to help them evade the drop in 2006-07.

  • John Obi Mikel ChelseaGetty Images

    John Obi Mikel

    Remarkably, for Nigeria’s most successful player in the Premier League, Mikel only scored once in the top flight.

    He made up for it with a haul of silverware for Chelsea.

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    Kelvin Etuhu

    The wideman came through the ranks with Manchester City before eventually moving on, permanently, to Portsmouth.

    He scored his only top flight goal against Bolton, and has been unemployed since leaving Carlisle United in 2020.

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    Leon Balogun

    Balogun’s only goal during a brief spell with Brighton & Hove Albion came in their fierce derby against Crystal Palace.

    The defender’s goal was influential in helping the Seagulls secure a 3-1 victory.

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    Isaac Success

    Things simply didn’t work out for Success at Watford, although he did at least score twice for the Hornets during his controversial injury-hit spell in Hertfordshire.

  • Ahmed Musa of LeicesterSteve Bardens/Getty Images

    Ahmed Musa

    The legendary Super Eagles skipper is Nigeria’s most capped player, but he only managed two goals during a testing spell at Leicester City.

  • Sone Aluko of Hull CityHarry Hubbard/Getty Images

    Sone Aluko

    Netted twice across 42 Premier League appearances with Hull City, but was ultimately unable to prevent them from tasting relegation in 2015.

    Aluko looked a far more accomplished player in the Championship, and is currently in the third tier with Ipswich Town.

  • Semi Ajayi - West Bromwich Albion

    Semi Ajayi

    Has spent just one season in the Premier League, scoring twice for West Bromwich Albion as they tumbled out of the top flight.

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    Ola Aina

    Aina came through the ranks at Chelsea before moving permanently to Torino in 2019, although he returned to London with Fulham on loan during the 2020-21 season.

    The versatile wing-back netted twice during that relegation campaign with the Cottagers.

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    Seye Olofinjana

    Enjoyed almost a decade in English football, playing in the top two divisions of the English game.

    Olofinjana’s two Premier League goals came in the top flight with Stoke City between 2008 and 2010.

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    Josh Maja

    Currently back at Girondins de Bordeaux in the French second tier after failing to truly realise the potential he demonstrated as a youngster at Sunderland.

    Maja has scored three goals in his year in the Premier League with Fulham.

  • Ideye Brown of West Bromwich AlbionBen Hoskins/Getty Images

    Ideye Brown

    Brown’s time in the Premier League was brief and unspectacular—a disappointment for a Nations Cup winner—with the attacker only scoring four goals during his season with West Bromwich Albion.

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    Dickson Etuhu

    Featured for Sunderland and Fulham in the Premier League, netting four goals from the base of the midfield.

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    Celestine Babayaro

    Long-time servant with Chelsea, Babayaro won a series of cup competitions with the Blues largely during their pre-Roman Abramovich era.

    He scored five goals during his near-eight seasons at Stamford Bridge.

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    Finidi George

    Widely considered a flop in the English game, Finidi scored six goals at Ipswich Town as their Premier League hopes imploded.

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    John Utaka

    Best known in England for his FA Cup success with Portsmouth, Utaka nonetheless scored seven goals in the top flight for Pompey.

  • Wilfred Ndidi - Leicester CityGetty Images

    Wilfred Ndidi

    Not known for his goalscoring, Ndidi has nonetheless bagged seven goals since signing for Leicester City.

  • Joseph Yobo - EvertonGetty

    Joseph Yobo

    Defensive stalwart and Nations Cup winner with Nigeria, Yobo scored eight goals across eight years of service for Everton.

  • Emmanuel Dennis of Nigeria and Watford.Getty.

    Emmanuel Dennis

    Returning to the top flight with Nottingham Forest this season, Dennis has already proven he can trouble Premier League defences.

    He scored 10 goals as Watford fell short of survival last term, but can he keep the Tricky Trees afloat this season?

  • Daniel Amokachi of Nigeria and Everton.Getty.

    Daniel Amokachi

    A Nigeria great, Amokachi didn’t quite hit it off in the Premier League, scoring just 10 goals during his time with Everton.

    He was more successful in the FA Cup, scoring twice in the semi-final against Tottenham Hotspur as the Toffees went on to clinch the cup—their last honour to date.

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    Ademola Lookman

    Lookman has scored 11 goals during a stop-start career in which he’s featured in the Prem for Everton, Fulham and Leicester City.

    He recently scored on his debut for Atalanta after signing for the Serie A side from RasenBallsport Leipzig.

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    Ade Akinbiyi

    Akinbiyi netted 11 goals across two seasons with Leicester City, although more had been expected after he had been recruited for £5.5 million by the Foxes to replace Liverpool-bound Emile Heskey.

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    Jay-Jay Okocha

    One of the all-time great Nigerian players, few talents in the history of the PL have lit up the division quite like Okocha.

    He ended his time among the elite with 14 goals.

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    Alexander Iwobi

    The second highest scoring Nigerian player still active in the Premier League, Iwobi has netted 15 goals across spells with Arsenal and Everton.

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    Odion Ighalo

    Things ultimately didn’t work out for Ighalo at Manchester United, but makes the cut here for the 16 goals he scored during his time with Watford, having helped them reach the Prem.

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    Victor Moses

    The second highest scoring Nigerian who also has a Premier League winner’s medal, Moses has represented the likes of Wigan Athletic, Liverpool, West Ham United and Stoke City during a nomadic career.

    He’s scored 20 top flight goals, and was a PL winner with Chelsea.

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    Victor Anichebe

    A striker who arguably had it all, Anichebe didn’t quite realise the career trajectory that was expected when he broke onto the scene at Everton.

    He nonetheless scored 26 goals against some of the world’s best defences during his time with the Toffees, West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland.

  • Obafemi Martins & Lee Bowyer of Birmingham CityGetty Images

    Obafemi Martins

    Joined Premier League Newcastle United at a young age, but arguably never truly achieved his potential in English football.

    He scored 28 goals in the top flight, but his greatest achievement came with Birmingham City’s League Cup success in 2011.

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    Peter Odemwingie

    Arguably underrated for all he achieved with—in particular—West Bromwich Albion, Odemwingie ended his Prem career with 36 goals.

    It’s a surprise he only netted 10 goals for the Super Eagles across over 60 appearances for the West African giants.

  • Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City and Nigeria.Getty.

    Kelechi Iheanacho

    The top scoring Nigerian player in the PL, Iheanacho has netted 37 goals across spells with Manchester City and current club Leicester City.

    How much further can Iheanacho climb in this list?

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    Shola Ameobi

    Long-term servant for Newcastle United, Ameobi never hit double figures in a single Premier League season, but ended up with 43 top flight goals for the Magpies.

  • Efan Ekoku of Norwich CityClive Brunskill/Allsport

    Efan Ekoku

    Nigeria’s pioneer in the Premier League, Ekoku was an Africa Cup of Nations winner in 1994, and bagged 52 goals in the top flight.

    He scored 15 of his strikes for Norwich City, and the rest for Wimbledon.

  • Nwankwo Kanu

    Nwankwo Kanu

    A Premier League winner with Arsenal, Kanu also clinched the FA Cup with Portsmouth, and saved West Bromwich Albion from an unlikely relegation.

    He scored 54 goals during his storied spell in the top tier.

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    Yakubu

    Nigeria’s all-time top goalscorer in the Premier League, Yakubu scored 95 goals across spells with Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton and Blackburn Rovers.

    His near-century haul is unlikely to be bested anytime soon.