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

2:26 AM SGT 20/8/19
Wilfried Ndidi Jamie Vardy Chelsea Leicester City
Goal review the nation’s best performers around the world this weekend, and pick out a few who must improve

  • Samuel Chukwueze - Villarreal 2019-20

    Too Good: Samuel Chukwueze

    After his breakthrough season last term, Samuel Chukwueze netted in Villarreal’s wildly exciting 4-4 draw with Granada on Saturday. 

    With the Yellow Submarine 3-2 up already, the wideman netted their fourth in the 73rd minute and was unlucky to also not register an assist on the day.  

    While Javier Calleja’s men couldn’t hang on for the win, it was a promising start to another year for the youngster, who’ll have to prove that last year wasn’t just a flash in the pan.

  • Goztepe Galatasaray Henry Onyekuru 260119

    Too Bad: Henry Onyekuru

    It wasn’t the best of debuts for the AS Monaco forward who had a game to forget as the ten-man Red and Whites fell to a 3-0 defeat by Metz. 

    Onyekuru cut a peripheral figure on his maiden appearance, and didn’t influence the game as he would have wanted to.

    His constant loss of possession did him no favours, and it was no surprise Leonardo Jardim hooked him off in the 70th minute.

  • Sylvester Igboun of FC Midtjylland

    Too Good: Sylvester ‘Sly’ Igboun

    Ufa played host to Rostov seeking to dispel pre-match expectations of an away win. 

    Before kickoff, the hosts were in the relegation places, while the Tough Guys occupied one the Champions League spots following heir unbeaten start to the season. 

    However, Sly had other ideas by scoring a brace as the unfancied Ufa stunned Valeri Karpin’s team 2-0. The frontman netted in each half to secure their second victory of the campaign, thereby rising to 10th in the table. 

    Having opened his account for the season, it’ll be interesting to see how he fares when Zenit St. Petersburg visit next week.

  • Isaac Success - Watford

    Too Bad: Isaac Success

    Admittedly, Success didn’t feature in Watford’s 1-0 defeat by Everton on Saturday, but his lack of ample appearances ought to raise concern. 

    Having had to make do with a cameo role for large parts of last season, he has now lost his usual place on the bench to new signing Danny Welbeck. 

    To worsen the situation, the Englishman has been handed Success’ squad number from last season, which further illustrates how undervalued he is in Hertfordshire.

  • Wilfred Ndidi Leicester 2019

    Too Good: Wilfred Ndidi

    Ndidi’s day out against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge was certainly mixed.

    Having made the mistake that saw Leicester City fall behind early on, the midfielder rose highest to power a header past Kepa Arrizabalaga in the Blues’ goal to secure a 1-1 stalemate. 

    It was a strong show of character to not let his head drop after his early mistake against Frank Lampard’s men; rather, he soldiered on and got his just reward in the second half.

    The Foxes, who ought to feel hard done by for not winning the encounter, have now increased their unbeaten run against the West London outfit to four games.