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

08:55 BST 18/08/2022
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Read our updated power rankings of Nigerians in England’s top-flight in the 2022-23 season

Gameweek two in the Premier League saw even more Nigerians feature for their respective sides.

There was a rousing fightback, a home debut goal and a creditable draw at one of the league’s top sides.

In GOAL’s updated power rankings for 2022-23, we look at those who featured in the second round of games.

  • Frank Onyeka - Brentford

    Frank Onyeka

    The midfielder came on for the final 10 minutes of Brentford’s 4-0 thrashing of Manchester United last Saturday.

    It was Onyeka’s first appearance of the season after sitting out the Bees’ opening day draw at Leicester City.

  • Michael Olise

    Michael Olise

    Olise played for the first time this season in Crystal Palace’s 1-1 draw at Liverpool on Monday night.

    The playmaker replaced Jeffrey Schlupp with two minutes of normal time to play.

  • Malcolm Ebiowei Crystal Palace 2022-23

    Malcolm Ebiowei

    The teenager was an unused substitute at Anfield and it remains to be seen how he gets minutes following Olise’s return from injury.

  • Dominic Solanke Bournemouth 2022-23

    Dominic Solanke

    Solanke falls several spots this week owing to his non-appearance in Bournemouth’s 4-0 loss at Manchester City and the commendable showings of those below him.

  • Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City and Nigeria.

    Kelechi Iheanacho

    An assist inside four minutes of his introduction at Arsenal saw Iheanacho set up James Maddison to halve Leicester City’s deficit to 3-2.

    However, the Gunners’ immediate fourth meant the game went away from the Foxes’ reach as it ended 4-2 at the Emirates Stadium.

    ‘Seniorman’ created three chances in 20 minutes of football, markedly outdoing every teammate.

  •  Eberechi Eze of Nigeria and Crystal Palace.

    Eberechi Eze

    A missed chance against Arsenal largely contributed to Crystal Palace’s opening day defeat, but Eze’s well-timed pass led to the Eagles’ shocking Liverpool at Anfield to go 1-0 up.

    While Patrick Vieira’s side could not hold on, Eze produced a good showing on Merseyside and was involved in four Shot-Creating Actions, completed five progressive passes and completed five dribbles, outdoing every colleague.

    He rises in this week’s ranking, albeit not significantly.

  • Wilfred Ndidi - Leicester City

    Wilfred Ndidi

    While Ndidi made a goal-saving tackle on Gabriel Jesus in Leicester’s 4-2 loss at Arsenal, he falls a few spots this week following the Foxes’ underwhelming start and somewhat ordinary showings in the opening two games.

  • Tosin Adarabioyo Fulham 2022-23

    Tosin Adarabioyo

    Adarabioyo falls two spots in our updated rankings, after being out-performed over the weekend.

    Be that as it may, Fulham’s clean sheet in a dour goalless encounter at Wolverhampton Wanderers must have pleased the centre-back.

  • Taiwo Awoniyi Nottingham Forest 2022-23

    Taiwo Awoniyi

    Despite the fortuitousness of Awoniyi’s match-winning strike in Nottingham Forest’s 1-0 win over West Ham United, anyone who wins the game on his side’s first home appearance in the top-flight in over two decades deserves commendation.

    A perfect full debut for the centre-forward at the City Ground sees him move a couple of spots this week.

  • Joe Aribo Southampton 2022-23

    Joe Aribo

    Aribo was a beneficiary of Ralph Hasenhuttl playing him in his best position off the bench as Southampton fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2 vs Leeds United.

    The Nigerian halved the deficit and generally looked to get shots away in the entertaining second half at St. Mary’s Stadium.

    A strong half-hour appearance sees him rise this week.

  • Alex Iwobi of Nigeria and Everton.

    Alex Iwobi

    It would be easy to ignore Iwobi’s form amid Everton’s losing start to the season. However, the central midfielder delivered another strong showing in the middle of the park as the Toffees suffered a 2-1 loss at Aston Villa.

    The timing of Iwobi harrying the opponent was commendable and he made nine recoveries against the Villans—only James Tarkowski (10) had more.

    In addition, no Everton player played more passes into the final third or created more shooting opportunities at Villa Park, while his four progressive passes was outdone by only Vitaliy Mykolenko (six).

    Iwobi retains his spot for another week.