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

10:25 PM SGT 11/11/19
Wilfred Ndidi - Leicester City
Goal review the nation’s best performers around the world this weekend, and pick out a few who must improve

  • Eberechi Eze - QPR 2019-20

    Too Good: Eberechi Eze

    The Queens Park Rangers attacker thrived yet again as the West Londoners drew with Middlesbrough 2-2.

    Even though Eze was deployed more centrally, as Mark Warburton opted for a 3-5-2, the youngster still influenced the game and created no less than four chances, including one clear-cut opportunity, over the course of the encounter.

    He was the home side’s best performer, and looked the likeliest to make the difference at Loftus Road as Rangers’ winless run extends to four.

  • Anthony Nwakaeme - Trabzonspor 2019-20

    Too Bad: Anthony Nwakaeme

    In a feisty game that saw both sides reduced to 10 men, Trabzonspor got a slender 1-0 win over Alanyaspor to move into third place in the standings.

    However, it wasn’t Nwakaeme’s day as he toiled all afternoon without reaping the rewards. He completed just 57 percent of his passes, was guilty of losing possession time and again, and was unsuccessful in many duels.

    After another blank, Nwakaeme has now failed to score in the league since October.

  • Kenneth Omeruo - Leganes

    Too Good: Kenneth Omeruo

    Omeruo may have inadvertently been responsible for Real Sociedad’s goal against Leganes but that shouldn’t distract from what was an otherwise solid defensive performance from the centre-back.

    He won most of his duels on the day and cleared the ball from danger on numerous occasions to help his side to a 1-1 draw against their high-flying, fifth-placed hosts.

    Lega remain rooted to the bottom regardless of their creditable point at Anoeta, but there were still positives to draw from Friday night’s performance.

  • Pablo Nascimento Castro and Moses Simon - Bordeaux vs Nantes

    Too Bad: Moses Simon

    Nantes and Saint-Etienne played out a five-goal thriller at Stade de la Beaujoire on Sunday as the visitors ran out 3-2 winners.

    Simon, yet again, failed to perform to the required standard, continuing his recent poor form for the Canaries.

    While his decline was sandwiched by an amazing cup showing against Paris FC in late October (he scored a hat-trick), he’s been largely unimpressive since scoring the winner in a 1-0 win over Nice in early October.

    Having lost their last four in the league, Christian Gourcuff’s side have now dropped to ninth in the table.

  • Wilfred Ndidi - Leicester City

    Too Good: Wilfred Ndidi

    Another week, and another impressive Ndidi showing at the base of Leicester City’s midfield.

    The Foxes edged Arsenal 2-0 in Saturday’s tea-time fixture to win their fourth game on the spin, consequently ending the weekend in second spot following Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat of champions Manchester City.

    Ndidi’s work in the tackle was great, he won six tackles, while he made several important interceptions against the Gunners too.

    He completed all his dribbles, won most of his duels and played a huge part in the build-up to James Maddison’s well-taken effort that doubled the home side’s advantage.

    The midfield man was also unlucky to see his left-footed effort come back off the woodwork in the second-half, which would have been his third league goal of the season.

    Leicester’s win not only sees them end gameweek 12 behind Liverpool, but they also opened up a nine-point advantage over the Unai Emery’s men in sixth (level on points with Sheffield United in fifth).