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

7:16 PM SGT 1/4/19
Ndidi Leicester
Goal review the nation’s best performers around the world this weekend, and pick out a few who must improve

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

    Too Good: Oghenekaro Etebo

    Imperious in the middle of the park, Etebo was unplayable against Sheffield Wednesday

    Even though the game at bet365 Stadium ended goalless, the midfield man was outstanding. 

    He won a high number of duels and had the beating of his marker time and again. 

    It was no surprise Wednesday often resorted to bringing down the tenacious midfielder in an attempt to stop him in his tracks. He was that good!
  • Semi Ajayi - Rotherham United

    Too Bad: Semi Ajayi

    Down at the bottom, Ajayi and his teammates were obliterated by Derby County at Pride Park. 

    In the context of their season, the 6-1 hammering could prove to be damning given Reading pulled four points clear with a 2-1 victory. 

    Similarly, Wigan Athletic have a four-point advantage, while Millwall, who are a place and point ahead of the Millers, have played a game fewer. 

    Goal difference may come into play, but Rotherham aren’t safe in that regard, either. Saturday’s thrashing saw them become the side with the leakiest rearguard in the division. 

    Alarm bells are ringing in South Yorkshire! 
  • Odion Ighalo - Shanghai Shenhua

    Too Good: Odion Ighalo

    Having lost their first couple of games at the start of the season, Shanghai Greenland Shenhua were hoping to be third time lucky when they travelled to Henan Jianye. 

    After a tepid first-half that saw the visitors fail to test Yan Wu enough in the Henan goal (they had a paltry three attempts), Ighalo and co. came alive after the break to attempt seven more shots. 

    It was the Nigeria international who opened the scoring six minutes after the restart to send the Flower of Shanghai a goal up. 

    While they were pegged back in the 83rd minute, Ighalo’s strike partner, Giovanni Moreno netted five minutes later to secure a 2-1 win. The win took the visitors to 11th in the table. 

    For the Nigerian forward, goals in successive games means he’s already the Shanghai outfit’s top scorer with two goals after three gameweeks. 
  • Paul Onuachu

    Too Bad: Paul Onuachu

    It wasn’t the best of games for the gigantic Onuachu, who fired blanks in Midtjylland’s goalless draw against Nordsjaelland. 

    The forward couldn’t follow up his impressive goalscoring display for the Super Eagles by netting in the Wolves’ first of ten championship playoff games. 

    Stuck on 14 goals, Onuachu has now failed to hit the back of the net in his last four games for the Jutland-based club. 

    With FC Kobenhavn pulling three points clear in the title race, will Midtjylland come to rue their top frontman’s lean spell at the end of the campaign?
  • Wilfred Ndidi Leicester City

    Too Good: Wilfred Ndidi

    If anyone thought Ndidi would struggle under Brendan Rodgers, they had another thing coming. 

    Sat at the base of a three-man midfield, and in front of the defence, the consistent destroyer gave a performance right out of the top drawer against Bournemouth. 

    The Foxes were full value for their 2-0 win given how they nullified the Cherries throughout the encounter.

    Even though Eddie Howe's side missed a big chance in the first 45, that was as close as they came all afternoon: six of their eight efforts were long-range strikes, while they could only muster two non-threatening attempts after the break.

    Ndidi won a high number of individual battles, while being relatively successful with his tackles. 

    He backed that up by clearing the ball from harm’s way when necessary as he rarely put a foot wrong for the entirety of the game at the King Power Stadium. 

    Leicester have now moved level on points with Wolverhampton Wanderers (44) in the battle to finish seventh - and consequently claim the ‘best of the rest’ crown.