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Premier League: Predicting every Nigerian’s final league position

20:38 GMT+3 04/08/2022
Everton and Nigeria player Alex Iwobi.
With England’s top-flight returning on Friday, GOAL foretells how the 2022-23 campaign will pan out for every player of Nigerian descent

Predicting final league positions while the transfer window remains open is always a tough ask, owing to how the narrative can change swiftly.

Having said that, we will do it anyway with the Premier League returning on Friday.

With the league not short on Nigeria internationals or players of Nigerian descent, GOAL projects where each player could finish in 2022-23.

  • Carney Chukwuemeka Chelsea 2022-23

    Carney Chukwuemeka (Chelsea)

    The teenager’s shock transfer to Chelsea was made official on Thursday but it remains to be seen if he plays frequently for Thomas Tuchel’s troops.

    While the West Londoners have finished in the Champions League in each of the last four campaigns, this year could see them drop out, owing to their supposed weakness and the teams around them strengthening.

    Predicted Position: 5th

  • Wilfred Ndidi - Leicester City

    Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City)

    Admittedly, last season was dismal by the recent standards set by Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes.

    However, with the absence of European football this term and having more time on the training ground, Ndidi and Iheanacho’s side could push for a top-half finish.

    Having said that, the departure of Kasper Schmeichel and the possible sales of Youri Tielemans and/or Wesley Fofana could make things extra tricky for the East Midlands outfit who are yet to welcome a new face this summer.

    Predicted Position: 9th

  • Michael Olise Crystal Palace 2021-22

    Eberechi Eze and Michael Olise (Crystal Palace)

    Last year was promising for Patrick Vieira’s men who were tipped to struggle to transition from Roy Hodgson’s regime.

    However, they thrived with Olise being one of the shining lights in his debut season, while Eze slowly found his feet after an extended layoff.

    The Eagles have lost Conor Gallagher’s boundless energy and expertise from set-piece situations but could fancy their chances of pushing for a top 10 finish.

    Predicted Position: 10th

  • Frank Onyeka - Brentford

    Frank Onyeka (Brentford)

    While Onyeka’s second half of the season saw him fall out of favour before an injury thwarted his final couple of months in the season, Brentford had an encouraging debut season in the English top-flight.

    Having invested in several players in defence and attack, Onyeka and his teammates can aim even higher than last season’s 13th-place finish, possibly desiring a place in the top half.

    However, we are expecting them to fall just short.

    Predicted Position: 11th

  • Southampton and Nigeria midfielder Joe Aribo.

    Joe Aribo (Southampton)

    One victory in their final 12 Premier League games last season soured the mood at Southampton and adds to the pressure for a strong start this term.

    Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men have made significant investments in the squad, with Aribo one of the arrivals on the South Coast.

    Indeed, the Saints will need to avoid the slumps that have typified them in the last three seasons and solve their goalscoring issues. But Southampton ought to be beneficiaries of a refreshed squad and seemingly greater inclination towards keeping things tighter at the back.

    Predicted Position: 14th

  • Everton's Alex Iwobi during the Premier League match at Goodison Park.

    Alex Iwobi (Everton)

    Frank Lampard and Everton will not want a repeat of last year’s topsy-turvy campaign that saw them just avoid the drop.

    Iwobi’s form improved in the final months of the campaign and the Nigeria international will back himself to pick up where he left off, remaining valuable to the erstwhile Chelsea boss.

    We expect an improvement in their final standing but nothing particularly significant with Richarlison still yet to be replaced and Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s continued struggles with injuries.

    Predicted Position: 15th

  • Tosin Adarabioyo

    Tosin Adarabioyo (Fulham)

    Last year’s Championship winners look to avoid relegation from the top-flight and have made some smart signings, notably Bernd Leno from Arsenal, but there may be a need for extra quality.

    Adarabioyo played at this level two seasons ago, making 33 appearances when the Cottagers ended 18th in 2020-21, and he is expected to play a pivotal part in this year’s rescue mission.

    Marco Silva’s men have been handed a tough start, facing Liverpool in gameweek one before facing London derbies against Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea before the end of September.

    Be that as it may, they should survive the drop…just.

    Predicted finish: 17th

  • Dominic Solanke Bournemouth.

    Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth)

    The Cherries’ hitherto reluctance to spend means Scott Parker’s men are tipped to avoid escaping a bottom three finish.

    Two of their three acquisitions have been free transfers, and that approach has been questioned by observers.

    Unfortunately, Solanke — who contributed 36 of Bournemouth’s 74 goals in the Championship — may find his side facing immediate relegation.

    Predicted Position: 19th

  • Taiwo Awoniyi Nottingham Forest 2022-23

    Taiwo Awoniyi (Nottingham Forest)

    If Bournemouth could be accused of acquiring few signings, Nottingham Forest look to have brought in an excessive number of fresh faces.

    That list includes Awoniyi who arrived from Union Berlin after a 15-goal campaign in the Bundesliga, hoping to replicate a similar return.

    It remains to be seen how Steve Cooper blends his acquisitions into a coherent unit, but it appears to be an uphill walk before a ball is kicked.

    Predicted Position: 20th