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

21:29 SAST 2019/01/07
Ademola Lookman Everton 2018-19
Goal review the nation's top performers around the world this weekend, and pick out a few who must improve

  • Kenneth Omeruo, Legane

    #5 Too Good: Kenneth Omeruo

    Relegation-threatened Leganes fell to a 1-0 loss at Espanyol on Friday night, but it shouldn’t take anything away from Omeruo, who performed well. The centre-back made more clearances than his other defensive partners combined, and was alert on a few occasions to prevent dangerous situations. He was also fairly dominant in his duels, and was unlucky to be on the losing side. 

  • Semi Ajayi - Rotherham United

    #4 Too Bad: Semi Ajayi

    While Rotherham United were predicted to lose by a large margin before Sunday’s trip to Manchester City, a fair bit of fight to prove pre-match predictions wrong was still expected. However, the Millers were trounced at the Etihad, and Ajayi was left red-faced when he inadvertently put the ball in the wrong goal just before half-time to put the Citizens 3-0 up. Paul Warne’s side let in four more after the break in the eventual 7-0 defeat as Pep Guardiola’s side ran them ragged. It definitely wasn't a jolly trip back to South Yorkshire for the centre-back and his teammates. 

  • Alex Iwobi Arsenal 2018-19

    #3 Too Good: Alex Iwobi

    Unai Emery rang the changes for Arsenal’s trip to Blackpool, but Iwobi featured nonetheless. The attacking midfielder got on the scoresheet for the North London side with 10 minutes left on the clock, to cap off what was a fairly good performance against the League One outfit. He created a couple of openings for his teammates as well, and would’ve scored another but for Christoffer Mafoumbi’s fine stop. 
  • Samuel Chukwueze - Villarreal

    #2 Too Bad: Samuel Chukwueze

    Frankly, Villarreal played really poorly against Eibar and had Sergio Asenjo in goal to thank for the goalless draw. The Yellow Submarine’s attackers, Chukwueze inclusive, didn’t show their quality whenever they had possession of the ball, and that was disappointing for the visitors, given they troubled a stronger Real Madrid defence on Thursday. The youngster not only got dispossessed a few times, he also seemed to labour in his defensive shift too. Luis Garcia’s side are doing little to dispel fears of relegation as we enter 2019.
  • Ademola Lookman

    #1 Too Good: Ademola Lookman

    The youngster took advantage of a rare start against the League Two leaders, Lincoln City, by opening his account for the season in Everton's 2-1 win. It remains to be seen if Marco Silva’s opinion of the wideman of apparently being little more than a super-sub will change on the back of one performance, but Lookman certainly did his chances of becoming a regular no harm with a good outing against the Imps. The goal wasn't just his first of the season, it was also his first for the Toffees since December 2017 (when he scored a brace against Apollon Limassol).