A lot of Nigerian footballers have been in the middle of the domestic actions all over Europe during the weekend.
While some were just good, others were so outstanding that they got singularly recognised by their clubs. Below are the top ten Nigerian stars who stood out over the weekend’s fixtures:
10. Tosin Adarabioyo
Tosin Adarabioyo was at the top of his game in Fulham’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool on Sunday. According to football.london, Adarabioyo was always watchful of the ball over the top for Mo Salah and was an aerial force throughout. NBC Sports rated him a seven for some great blocks and going close at the other end.
9. Ola Aina
Like Adarabioyo, Aina was very impressive during Fulham action against Premier League Champions Liverpool on Sunday. The Super Eagles star communicated well with Joachim Andersen and Bobby De Cordova-Reid to again look at home in the backline. According to NBC Sports, Aina got a seven for some great long passes that kept Mane relatively quiet.
8. Taiwo Awoniyi
Taiwo Awoniyi made his ninth appearance for Union Berlin who held Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich to a shocking 1-1 draw at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei. Although he missed two big chances, he was still handful for Bayern defenders.
7. Peter Olayinka
Peter Olayinka was on target for Slavia Praha as they extended their unbeaten start to Czech Liga to 11 games following their 3-0 home win over FC Slovan Liberec. The Nigerian international has been a real asset, helping the club dominate the top spot with five points clear of second-place Sparta Praha.
6. Umar Sadiq
Umar Sadiq continued his excellent form in La Liga second division as he scored his third consecutive league game to earn UD Almeria all three points after their 3-1 home win against Malaga. The 2016 Olympics bronze medalist featured for 82 minutes before his substitution, earning a rating of 7.0, completing 86% of his passes, winning 3 duels, and also making 2 key tackles.
5. Alex Iwobi
Iwobi was on fire in Everton’s 1-0 win against Chelsea on Saturday. Known for his versatility, the Super Eagles star as a right-winger in a 4-3-3 formation and was very influential throughout his 85 minutes playing time at at Goodison Park.
4. Ademola Lookman
Lookman showed his mettle once again as he grabbed an assist in Fulham’s 1-1 draw against Liverpool. The Anglo-Nigerian striker was instrumental to De Cordova-Reid’s brilliant opener. Lookman was rated eight by NBC Sports for his “superb display on the left from the former Everton winger as he set up the goal really well. His surging runs tormented Liverpool and took the pressure off Fulham in the second half.”
3. Moses Simon
A Moses Simon goal ended Nantes winless run in Ligue 1 on Sunday’s 1-1 home draw against Dijon. The Nigerian winger scored from the spot in the 24th minute, while Moussa Konate equalised for the visitors nine minutes after the break.
2. Ebrechi Eze
Eberechi Eze’s free kick was spot-on as it caught out Hugo Lloris, who mistakenly let the ball go and Jeff Schlupp prodded it into the net. Eze’s free kick denied Tottenham all three points to extend their lead on the Premier League table.
1. William Troost-Ekong
William Troost-Ekong was the defensive champion as Watford recorded a 1-0 away win against Birmingham City in a Championship game played on Saturday, December 12th. His outstanding performance earned him a Man Of The Match for Watford and the number one spot on our list. His great efforts took Watford to fourth on 33 points in the 24-team Championship table.
Who are your top performers in last weekend’s fixtures? Let us know in the comment section.