Best and Worst of Nigerian players Abroad
TruetalkSports review of the Best and Worst of Nigerian players Abroad this weekend, and pick out a few who must improve.
Too Good: Joshua Zirkzee
With Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller suspended, Bayern Munich weren’t at full strength in attack, and it was up to the 19-year-old to lead the attack against Borussia Monchengladbach.
The teenager came up trumps too, scoring his fourth Bundesliga goal on his eighth appearance as the Bavarians came away with a 2-1 win that takes them to the brink of the championship.
“Hans-Dieter Flick’s troops are now one win away from winning the title for an eighth successive time.
Too Bad: Chidozie Awaziem
Leganes fell to their 15th loss of the campaign against Real Valladolid, with Awaziem and Ivan Cuellar both culpable for the visitors’ opener inside the opening two minutes of play.
The Cucumber Growers were playing catch-up from that moment, so the eventual 2-1 defeat wasn’t a surprise.
Javier Aguirre’s side sit second-bottom after 28 gameweeks, with three points separating them from 17th-placed Celta Vigo on 26 points.
Too Good: Kenneth Omeruo
While his countryman was involved in the early mistake, Omeruo had a solid game against Valladolid, to end the game as Lega’s superior centre-back.
The ex-Chelsea man won seven of nine duels, made three interceptions to Awaziem’s one, and won two tackles as well.
Despite being on the losing side, Omeruo gave an encouraging showing against the White and Violets.
Too Bad: Henry Onyekuru
Galatasaray came unstuck in their attempt to maintain a three-point gap from the leading duo – Trabzonspor, and Istanbul Basaksehir – but were beaten 2-0 by Caykur Rizespor.
Onyekuru didn’t pull up trees on the Turkish top flight’s return and could have few complaints after his withdrawal with 13 minutes to play.
The winger hardly got involved for the Yellow-Reds on a disappointing night, which saw him miss the away side’s best opportunity.
With his team now six points behind the joint-leaders, Fatih Terim’s team have their work cut out for them if they’re to retain the Super Lig title.
Too Good: Anthony Nwakaeme
The Trabzonspor forward picked up where he left off before the Super Lig’s suspension to score the away side’s first in a 3-1 win over eighth-placed Goztepe.
It was Nwakaeme’s 11th league goal of the season, surpassing last year’s tally, with seven games to play.
Istanbul Basaksehir’s 2-0 win over Alanyaspor means both sides remain level, and it promises to be a fascinating conclusion to a season which could end with the Nigerian forward helping his side to their first Super Lig triumph since 1984.
Too Bad: Olarenwaju Kayode
The Gaziantep frontman was off his game in the home team’s 1-1 draw with Ankaragucu, which was a let down given the hosts were expected to wipe the floor with the second-bottom visitors.
Kayode was largely peripheral for the entire game, and the fact his strike partner Muhammet Demir, who was withdrawn before the hour, had more touches of the ball was telling.
The Nigerian frontman failed to shoot at goal for the entirety of the match and he lost several tussles as well.
Kayode has now scored just once in his last 10 league games for Gaziantep.