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

19:00 IST 31/12/2021
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  • Folarin Balogun Arsenal

    Folarin Balogun

    The Arsenal man has joined Middlesbrough temporarily until the end of the season.

  • Eberechi Eze - Crystal Palace

    Eberechi Eze

    Replaced Jordan Ayew with five minutes of normal time to play in Saturday’s defeat by Chelsea and continues to be a bit-part player under Patrick Vieira.

    Thus, Eze does not move in this week’s rankings having received measly match action in the Eagles' last two games.

  • Watford and Nigeria midfielder Peter Etebo.

    Peter Etebo

    The midfielder is still being eased back in following his injury and was left out of both squads against Aston Villa and Crystal Palace.

  • Troost-Ekong

    William Troost-Ekong

    Troost-Ekong has not played for Watford since New Year’s Day.

    Worryingly, he looks to be the fourth-choice centre-back behind Samir, Craig Cathcart and Christian Kabasele who replaced the Brazilian in the closing stages at Aston Villa.

    Roy Hodgson’s continued preference for Samir and Cathcart at the heart of the defence means the Nigerian remains in his old position.

  • Carney Chukwuemeka Aston Villa 2021-22

    Carney Chukwuemeka

    Saw no game time in Villa’s 1-0 defeat by Watford, thus neither rising nor dropping in our rankings.

  • Frank Onyeka - Brentford

    Frank Onyeka

    The Brentford midfielder has not played for the Bees since early February against Manchester City, sitting out the draw at Crystal Palace and defeat by Arsenal on Saturday.

  • Kelechi Iheanacho Leicester 2021-22

    Kelechi Iheanacho

    ‘Seniorman’ has seen just 49 minutes of match action since returning from Africa Cup of Nations duty, only replacing Patson Daka with 18 minutes to play against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

    His last Leicester City start came at Liverpool in late December and the overlooked striker falls a place in our updated rankings.

  • Ademola Lookman - Leicester City

    Ademola Lookman

    Lookman had a commendable showing at Wolves, despite the Foxes’ defeat.

    He ran with the ball with purpose and completed eight dribbles from as many attempts.

    It was the winger who levelled for Brendan Rodgers’ side just before half-time, taking his PL tally to four, although they were unable to hold on.

    The RB Leipzig loanee supplants Iheanacho.

  • Alex Iwobi

    Alex Iwobi

    A disappointing showing in a 2-0 defeat by Southampton resurrected questions over Iwobi.

    He was replaced just after the hour in Everton’s poor showing which saw them slump to a fourth defeat in five.

    The attacking midfielder just about hangs on to his place, having only overtaken Lookman previously.

  • Yves Bissouma, Wilfred Ndidi

    Wilfred Ndidi

    The anchorman made more recoveries than anyone on the pitch against Wolves but was understandably replaced with 15 minutes to play as Leicester chased the game.

    Ndidi remains in situ, however, having not done enough to supplant our top two.

  • Emmanuel Dennis of Nigeria and Watford.

    Emmanuel Dennis

    Hodgson needed the frontman to get back on the scoring trail after firing blanks for five games running, and he delivered with a brilliant header at Aston Villa.

    However, Dennis could not repeat those heroics against Crystal Palace in Thursday's 4-1 defeat.

    Failure to convert a 73rd-minute chance with Watford still 2-1 down proved costly as the Hornets collapsed subsequently.

    Thus he remains second.

  • Michael Olise

    Michael Olise

    While Olise did not add to his three PL goal involvements since the turn of the year against Chelsea or Watford, there were signs of life, especially in the first half when the Blues visited Selhurst Park.

    He created Palace’s best opportunity for Wilfried Zaha and had an early effort flash just wide.

    Wednesday night was quieter for Olise, but he’s done enough over both games to hold on to top spot.