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

12:17 AM SGT 3/12/19
Kelechi Iheanacho
Goal review the nation’s best performers around the world this weekend, and pick out a few who must improve

  • Pablo Nascimento Castro and Moses Simon - Bordeaux vs Nantes

    Too Good: Moses Simon

    Nantes picked up a 2-1 victory over struggling Toulouse to end a five-game winless run that started in October.

    Simon picked up where he left off against Stade Brestois by giving another notable showing for Christian Gourcuff’s side.

    He combined his impressive dribbling with creativity, which saw him fashion out a few opportunities for his teammates, leading to Ludovic Blas’ strike in the 53rd minute.

    After struggling throughout the Canaries’ poor run of results, Moses appears to be returning to form for the Brittany outfit.

  • Udinese's Troost-Ekong

    Too Bad: William Troost-Ekong

    Even before a ball was kicked, Udinese faced a daunting task against Lazio, and they did nothing to dispel pre-match predictions as they went 3-0 down.

    The Little Zebras weren’t helped by their rashness in defensive areas, which led to the concession of two first-half penalties.

    For the second week in succession, Troost-Ekong was culpable in this regard, and Ciro Immobile punished him by converting the resulting spot-kick.

    Udinese have now fallen to 16th spot in the table, with only four points separating them from the relegation zone.

  • Victor Osimhen Lille 2019-20

    Too Good: Victor Osimhen

    Lille’s top scorer returned to the side for the visit of Dijon after missing last week’s 2-0 defeat by Paris-Saint Germain through suspension, and had the best possible impact.

    He not only won the penalty against the struggling visitors, but also picked himself up to score from 12 yards in what turned out to be the only goal of the game.

    Osimhen’s eighth strike in 14 appearances leaves Christophe Galtier’s men in eighth place, albeit just a point off Montpellier in fourth and two behind Angers in third.

  • Jamilu Collins

    Too Bad: Jamilu Collins

    Paderborn showed fight by pulling two goals back against RasenBallsport Leipzig, but lapses in defence left them with a mountain to climb in the first place.

    Collins was part of the defence that conceded three times in the first 26 minutes to leave Steffen Baumgart’s outfit chasing the game.

    They eventually fell 3-2 behind after a second-half fightback, but Paderborn need points on the board not pats on the back for playing well if they’re to stay up.

    However, a leaky rearguard that’s conceded 32 after 13 games (the worst in the league) is making it particularly difficult to show optimism.

  • Iheanacho Leicester 2019

    Too Good: Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi

    Leicester City owed Sunday’s comeback win over struggling Everton to the introduction of Iheanacho, who was making his first Premier League appearance of the season.

    The forward injected life into the Foxes and it was perhaps no surprise he was involved in both goals to give Brendan Rodgers’ side a deserved 2-1 win.

    Moments after his introduction in the 62nd minute, the frontman played in strike partner Jamie Vardy to equalize, before scoring exquisitely in the final minute of stoppage time to complete the turnaround.

    Expectedly, Iheanacho was named man of the match, but his performance shouldn’t take the glow off what was another imperious midfield performance by Ndidi.

    The anchor-man gave yet another dominant showing in the middle of the park, combining his ball-winning ability and impressive reading of the game with effectiveness in the final third when necessary.

    Also, he was involved in Vardy’s goal by releasing Iheanacho after surging through midfield, which began the comeback.

    Following six wins on the spin, coupled with results over the weekend, Leicester have opened up a three and six-point advantage over Manchester City and Chelsea in third and fourth, respectively.