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

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Goal review the nation's top performers around the world this weekend, and pick out a few who must improve

  1. #5 Too Good: Fikayo Tomori

    In what was an impressive all-round team performance by Derby County, the centre-back gave as good as he got as the Rams picked up a slender 1-0 win at Wigan Athletic. In truth, the fact that the Latics had Kal Naismith sent off in the opening quarter made it an easier afternoon for the Chelsea loanee, who still dealt with everything that was thrown at him. He was always assertive in his duels and never lost an individual battle, while making several clearances to relieve pressure on his side. It was also the perfect response to the defender’s own-goal against Swansea in the previous gameweek.

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    #4 Too Bad: Kelechi Iheanacho

    Leicester City’s 2-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur at the King Power Stadium ended a run of six games without defeat for Claude Puel’s side. Iheanacho’s unimpressive performance on Saturday capped off what was a week to forget for the frontman, who was utterly disappointing in Jamie Vardy’s absence. Having missed a gilt-edged chance against Fulham in midweek, the forward cut an anonymous figure against the visiting North London side. It was no surprise Puel withdrew the ineffective attacker before the hour, and you feel Foxes’ fans will long for Vardy’s prompt return from injury.

     

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    #3 Too Good: Ola Aina

    The wing-back was Torino’s most potent attacking threat in their admirable goalless draw against AC Milan at San Siro. He rarely misplaced his passes, always had the beating of his marker, and created a couple of opportunities when he bombed forward. It was no surprise the home side resorted to fouling the wide man in attempts to limit his effectiveness on proceedings. The stalemate, which saw the Bull extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to four games, leaves Torino in sixth after 15 gameweeks.
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    #2 Too Bad: Alex Iwobi

    Having been hooked at half-time by Unai Emery in recent weeks, Iwobi was finally a beneficiary of being introduced right after the break as Arsenal sought to break down a stubborn Huddersfield Town side. However, the attacking midfielder was poor on the day, evidenced by his constant loss of possession which frustrated fans at Emirates Stadium. He also failed in several attempts to dribble past his marker and lost all but one of several duels he got into. Emery’s side might have nicked a 1-0 win in the final 10 minutes, but Iwobi’s recent dip in form is definitely a huge worry.

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    #1 Too Good: Ogenyi Onazi

    Trabzonspor secured a highly impressive 3-0 win over Konyaspor which saw them edge closer to breaking into the top four. Onazi was the best player on the pitch in a game that saw him cover every blade of grass for 90 minutes. The combative midfielder won most of his tackles in the encounter and broke up play nicely in the defensive third, while creating chances in the final third. His late goal was the icing on the cake after a colossal performance by the midfield enforcer.