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

6:01 PM SGT 15/4/19
Samuel Chukwueze - Villarreal
Goal review the nation’s best performers around the world this weekend, and pick out a few who must improve

  • Galatasaray Ankaragucu Henry Onyekuru 190119

    Too Good: Henry Onyekuru

    One of the anticipated fixtures in Turkey between age-old rivals Fenerbahce and Galatasaray took place at the weekend. Usually a feisty affair, the Intercontinental Derby didn't disappoint!

    Istanbul Basaksehir had fallen to a defeat at the hands of Besiktas the day before, which gave the Yellow Reds extra incentive to cut the leaders’ six-point advantage. 

    Even though they could only bridge the gap by one point after the eventual 1-1 draw against their rivals, Onyekuru did score his 12th league goal of the campaign, rising above the poor Victor Moses to head home. 

    Gala couldn’t quite make the most of their man advantage, but, on a personal front, Onyekuru did well to add to his tally for the season. 

  • Fenerbahce Zenit Victor Moses 120219

    Too Bad: Victor Moses

    Irrespective of the fact Fenerbahce did well to fight back from a man and goal down, Moses needs to look in the mirror and admit he played poorly. 

    The wideman came off second-best in almost all his duels and his lack of desire to compete with Onyekuru for the away side’s goal didn’t make for good viewing. 

    Luckily, Eljif Elmas spared his blushes by netting the equalizer within five minutes. 

    The stalemate means Fener have a five-point buffer over third-bottom Goztepe who remain on 27 points after defeat by Caykur Rizespor. 
  • Anthony Nwakaeme Trabzonspor

    Too Good: Anthony Nwakaeme

    The in-form attacker had scored in four successive league games before Trabzonspor visited struggling Bursaspor, and likely backed himself to make it five in five. 

    He couldn’t quite hit the back of the net, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying. The inside forward came close to scoring, but was thwarted when his effort came back off the woodwork. 

    Nevertheless, Nwakaeme was crucial to the 1-0 win as his direct involvement led to Abdulkadir Omur’s goal at the mid-point of the second-half. 

    Despite Besiktas’ win keeping them at bay, expect Nwakaeme and co. to keep plugging away in the final weeks of the season to usurp the third-placed side, who maintained their four-point advantage. 
  • William Troost-Ekong - Parma vs Udinese, Serie A, August 19

    Too Bad: William Troost-Ekong

    Admittedly, Udinese hadn’t had the rub of the green against AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico since 2012, so maybe the 1-0 defeat wasn’t a surprise. 

    Although, when Claudio Ranieri’s side’s recent indifferent form is thrown into the mix, this probably represented the Udine-based club’s best chance in years to break that duck. 

    Troost-Ekong didn’t play well in the encounter, either. 

    Having thrived in a central role in a back three previously this season, he didn’t cover himself in glory against the Rome outfit, and seemed vulnerable over the course of the encounter.

    It was no surprise the centre-back got himself booked as Igor Tudor’s side lost their 15th game of the campaign.

  • Samuel Chukwueze - Villarreal

    Too Good: Samuel Chukwueze

    After last weekend’s second-rate showing at Real Betis, Javier Calleja demonstrated a real show of faith in Chukwueze by retaining the youngster in the side for Villarreal’s visit to Girona.

    The Gironistes’ form at Estadi Montilivi all season has been shocking and it was up to the Yellow Submarine to take advantage.

    They did just that, with Chukwueze coming up trumps to reward Calleja’s faith by scoring the only goal of the game early on. Granted, the strugglers’ defence did their bit, while Sergio Asenjo was busy in goal to preserve the points, but it was the young forward’s finish – his fifth league strike and second in three games – that secured the win.

    In the context of their season, that goal could be massive in their fight to stay in the division.

    The win saw Villarreal move out of the relegation zone and into 15th with only six games to play… tick-tock!

  • Ndidi Leicester

    Too Bad: Wilfred Ndidi

    Newcastle United had only picked up two away points in six games prior to their meeting with Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, so they were not expected to come away with the points on Friday night.

    However, the Magpies stunned the home side to win 1-0, as they steered further away from the dropzone and towards safety.

    Despite being one of the Foxes' best players since Brendan Rodgers took over, Ndidi was uncharacteristically poor on the night, and the atrocious outing will probably go down as a one off, given the player’s usual consistency.

    The midfield man not only lost an inordinate number of duels, he was guilty of getting caught in possession a few times too. To cap it all off, his culpability in Newcastle goal’s truly illustrated his appalling display.

    Predictably, he was withdrawn as the game entered the final 15 minutes as Rodgers had seen enough.

    The defeat was amusingly not costly, given Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton (both chasing the Foxes in the fight for seventh) fell to defeats, so the East Midlands’ side retain their place…just.