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

19:00 IST 31/12/2021
Nigeria Power Rankings
Read our updated power ranking of Nigerian players in England’s top-flight…and there is a big change at the top!

  • Folarin Balogun Arsenal

    Folarin Balogun

    Since our last rankings, the Arsenal man has joined Middlesbrough temporarily until the end of the season.

  • Eberechi Eze - Crystal Palace

    Eberechi Eze

    The Crystal Palace attacking midfielder has made three appearances in 2022 — with one start coming in the Eagles’ 1-1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion — but is yet to have a telling contribution.

  • Watford and Nigeria midfielder Peter Etebo.

    Peter Etebo

    While the Watford midfielder still has not featured for the Hornets since September, he is nearing a return to match action having returned to full training in the last fortnight.

    He keeps his spot due to Eze’s minimal impact at Palace.

  • Troost-Ekong

    William Troost-Ekong

    Away with Nigeria at the Africa Cup of Nations, Troost-Ekong has not played for Watford since a 1-0 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur on New Year’s Day.

    Since returning from Super Eagles duty, the centre-back has failed to make matchday squads against West Ham United and Brighton, with new boss Roy Hodgson preferring a Samir and Craig Cathcart partnership in central defence.

    Despite the absence of game time, little activity below Troost-Ekong means he is not displaced.

  • Carney Chukwuemeka Aston Villa 2021-22

    Carney Chukwuemeka

    Chukwuemeka understandably remains a bit-part player under Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa, playing a combined 74 minutes across four Premier League games in 2022.

    The 18-year-old may have supplanted Troost-Ekong previously, but the teenager remains in situ in our updated rankings.

  • Frank Onyeka - Brentford

    Frank Onyeka

    Brentford’s midfielder falls a couple of places due to Michael Olise and Alex Iwobi flourishing in varying capacities of late.

  • Ademola Lookman - Leicester City

    Ademola Lookman

    Like Onyeka, the wide attacker is supplanted by Olise and Iwobi.

    Lookman has struggled amid Leicester City’s wider issues, failing to contribute directly to any goal since netting a smart winner against Liverpool at the backend of 2021.

    He has started three of the Foxes’ last four league games.

  • Kelechi Iheanacho Leicester 2021-22

    Kelechi Iheanacho

    ‘Seniorman’ has gotten just 30 Premier League minutes since returning from Afcon, where he replaced Patson Daka in Leicester’s 2-0 defeat by Liverpool at Anfield last week.

    As a consequence, Iheanacho falls in our rankings.

  • Alex Iwobi

    Alex Iwobi

    A strong showing by Iwobi in Everton’s smashing 3-0 win over Leeds United sees Iwobi move three places to fourth spot.

    On his first start under Frank Lampard, the much-maligned attacking midfielder produced arguably his finest performance for the Toffees, earning praise from the head coach and fans.

    A sustained period of consistency will bring about more praise and a continued climb in subsequent standings.

  • Yves Bissouma, Wilfred Ndidi

    Wilfred Ndidi

    On his return to the Leicester side following Africa Cup of Nations participation, the anchorman endured a somewhat torrid time at Anfield, losing Virgil van Dijk from the corner leading to Liverpool’s first and vacating his position for Diogo Jota’s second.

    He came out second-best in several one-v-one tussles against West Ham, a game the Foxes drew 2-2 at the King Power Stadium.

    Leicester’s broader issues in midfield and defence have hampered Ndidi this term, and he falls to third spot.

  • Emmanuel Dennis of Nigeria and Watford.

    Emmanuel Dennis

    The goals have dried up for Dennis, consequently seeing him lose first place.

    Watford’s top scorer has not netted or assisted in all five league appearances in 2022, having scored four times in his previous five outings.

    Hodgson’s team needs Dennis to come up trumps in their battle to beat the drop, an eventuality that looms large if the prevalent goalscoring issues persist.

  • Michael Olise

    Michael Olise

    Exciting, creative and productive, Olise’s start to 2022 sees him climb five places to top spot, replacing Dennis.

    The 20-year-old has hardly put a foot wrong for Patrick Vieira’s men this year and rises due to Afcon — which saw many depart for Nigeria duty — and their inconsiderable contribution since returning to club action.

    Three goal contributions in five Premier League appearances, including a strong showing against contenders Liverpool, have elevated the attacker who must have been disappointed to be dropped for last week’s game at Brentford.