Power ranking every single Nigerian player in the Premier League so far this season

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Could Nottingham Forest’s Taiwo Awoniyi move into the top three after impressing against Chelsea and scoring the winner versus Southampton?

Two rounds of Premier League games have been played since our last rankings, with Nigerians having mixed results in the subsequent week.

Taiwo Awoniyi was instrumental in Nottingham Forest picking up four points from an available six and Alex Iwobi was yet again on the receiving end of criticism after Everton’s struggles continued.

In GOAL’s updated power rankings for 2022-23, we assess the Nigerians who featured in the latest round of games.

  1. Malcolm Ebiowei
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    #13 Malcolm Ebiowei

    The wide attacker has been an unused substitute for Crystal Palace since the league’s return, failing to come off the bench versus Fulham, Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur.

  2. Kelechi Iheanacho

    #12 Kelechi Iheanacho

    ‘Seniorman’ slips from eighth after seeing less than an hour of action across Leicester City’s festive fixtures.

    Iheanacho was introduced with 18 minutes to play in the Foxes’ 1-0 loss against Fulham on Tuesday.

  3. Emmanuel Dennis
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    #11 Emmanuel Dennis

    The forward was an unused substitute against Chelsea and Southampton, bringing about this week’s slide from sixth.

  4. Joe Aribo
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    #10 Joe Aribo

    Aribo falls from ninth after unsuccessfully helping to turn the tide for struggling Southampton. The Saints have now lost six on the spin and sit bottom of the Premier League.

  5. Carney Chukwuemeka

    #9 Carney Chukwuemeka

    The youngster rises from 12th after a commendable showing against defending Premier League champions Manchester City on Thursday.

    Chukwuemeka was one of Chelsea's better players after replacing the injured Christian Pulisic in the 22nd minute, hitting the woodwork just before half-time and almost setting up Lewis Hall for a late leveller but the left-back missed the target.

    Despite losing 1-0, and having Raheem Sterling and Pulisic go off with injuries, the former Aston Villa man could be a beneficiary of the Blues' unabating misfortune, with match action likely guaranteed in the coming weeks.

  6. Frank Onyeka
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    #8 Frank Onyeka

    The midfielder was unavailable for Brentford’s last three games over the festive period, causing his drop from fifth.

  7. Wilfred Ndidi
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    #7 Wilfred Ndidi

    Apart from giving the ball away for Fulham’s goal, Ndidi thrived on his return to the Leicester XI, winning eight of 12 duels before going off after 72 minutes.

    That said, the defensive midfielder remains in seventh place.

  8. Tosin Adarabioyo

    #6 Tosin Adarabioyo

    Marco Silva recalled Adarabioyo to Fulham XI against Leicester after leaving the centre-back on the bench for all but one of eight league games.

    Adarabioyo had a decent night at the King Power Stadium, rarely coming out second-best in his tussles.

    The defender rises from 11th place this week.

  9. Dominic Solanke

    #5 Dominic Solanke

    Solanke fired blanks in Bournemouth’s defeats by Crystal Palace and Manchester United, prompting this week’s slide from second place.

  10. Alex Iwobi

    #4 Alex Iwobi

    Despite the criticism directed at Iwobi after Everton’s 4-1 home defeat by Brighton & Hove Albion, the midfield man was one of Frank Lampard’s better performers on a horrid night.

    The Nigeria international was involved in four shot-creating actions, made more recoveries than any other teammate and was outdone by two colleagues for progressive passes.

    Iwobi retains fourth place as a consequence.

  11. Eberechi Eze

    #3 Eberechi Eze

    Eze scored in the 2-0 win over Bournemouth at the weekend but could not inspire Crystal Palace when they were on top against Tottenham in the opening half.

    Antonio Conte’s side upped the ante after the break and netted four times to seal a 4-0 success at Selhurst Park.

    Even though he loses his spot at the summit, the attacking midfielder remains in the top three.

  12. Michael Olise

    #2 Michael Olise

    Surprisingly, Olise rises a place regardless of Spurs defeating Palace 4-0 on Wednesday.

    The youngster assisted both goals in the preceding fixture at Bournemouth, taking him to four assists in 2022-23, one short of matching last year’s tally.

  13. Taiwo Awoniyi
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    #1 Taiwo Awoniyi

    Nottingham Forest’s man of the hour surges through the rankings to first place after impressing in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday before following that up with a goal in Wednesday’s 1-0 win at Southampton.

    The latter result was the Tricky Trees’ first away victory of their campaign, seeing them move to 15th in the table.

    Awoniyi had fallen to 10th previously, but the striker has now extraordinarily supplanted nine players to rise to first place.