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Too Good, Too Bad: The Best and Worst of Nigerians Abroad

4:09 AM SGT 11/10/22
Lookman, Aribo, Iwobi
GOAL reviews the nation’s best performers around the world this weekend and picked out a few who must improve.

GOAL analyses how talents from the West African side performed in various European countries.

Ademola Lookman, Alex Iwobi and Calvin Bassey were on song for Atalanta, Everton and Ajax respectively.

Elsewhere, Joe Aribo could not continue his fine form against Manchester City, while Samuel Chukwueze offered little as Villarreal bowed to Real Sociedad in the Spanish elite division.

  •  Nigeria Alex Iwobi and Everton.

    Review of Nigerians abroad

    Lookman got his third Serie A goal in the 2022-23 campaign with Iwobi finding the net as Everton ended up on the losing side against Manchester United. Although Chukwueze was on parade for Villarreal, he could not inspire the Yellow Submarine to victory against Real Sociedad.

  • Calvin Bassey

    Too Good: Calvin Bassey

    Calvin Bassey scored his maiden Ajax goal as the Sons of the Gods silenced Volendam 4-2 in a Dutch top-flight clash on Saturday.

    After Dusan Tadic had given Alfred Schreuder's men a 17th-minute lead from the penalty mark, the Nigeria international doubled their lead six minutes before the half-time break.

    Left unmarked in the hosts’ penalty area, Bassey headed Steven Berghuis’ well-taken cross past goalkeeper Filip Stankovic. 

    Aside from his maiden strike for Alfred Schreuder’s men, the Super Eagle put up a commanding display with stats showing he accounted for four total tackles, one clearance with two shots on target from his defensive duties.

  • Troost-Ekong

    Too Bad: William Troost-Ekong

    Fit-again William Troost-Ekong was on parade from start to finish but could not stop Watford from losing 3-1 to Blackpool.

    It took just 10 minutes for the hosts to take the lead at Bloomfield Road through Gary Madine. The Hornets responded courtesy of Imran Louza in the 29th minute.

    With the fixture looking to end in a draw, Slaven Bilic’s men got punished for a loss of concentration as a late Jerry Yates brace sent them to Vicarage Road with heads bowed low.

  • Alex Iwobi

    Too Good: Alex Iwobi

    Alex Iwobi scored his first goal of the season as Everton lost 2-1 to Manchester United at Goodison Park on Sunday.

    The Nigerian needed just five minutes to find the net when he found his way through the Red Devils' backline before firing the ball inside the right post of goalkeeper David De Gea.

    Antony levelled matters 10 minutes later before Casemiro disposed Iwobi and set up Cristiano Ronaldo to score his 700th career club goal and United’s second on the stroke of half-time.

  • Samuel Chukwueze Villarreal

    Too Bad: Samuel Chukwueze

    The winger went to Reale Seguros Stadium hoping to end his La Liga goal drought in the 2022-23 La Liga campaign, nevertheless, he was unsuccessful as Villarreal lost 1-0 to Real Sociedad.

    Playing his seventh league match of the season, Chukwueze was introduced for Giovani Lo Celso in the 81st minute, but his presence could not help the Yellow Submarine peg down the hosts.


  • Terem Moffi Lorient 2022-23

    Too Good: Terem Moffi

    Terem Moffi scored a brace to help Lorient record a 2-1 away win at Brest in Sunday's Ligue 1 outing.

    Romain Del Castillo gave the hosts a 17th-minute lead but the Super Eagle cancelled it out seven minutes later when his shot from the right side of the area went in for his seventh goal of the season.

    The Merlucciidaes sealed victory eight minutes after the restart when the ball fell to Moffi inside the area, before sending it past goalkeeper Marco Bizot.

    After impressing for 87 minutes, he was replaced by Sirine Doucoure.

  • Joe Aribo Southampton 2022-23

    Too Bad: Joe Aribo

    Aribo could do little as Southampton bowed 4-0 to a Manchester City side inspired by red-hot Erling Haaland.

    Following his inability to help the Saints turn their fortunes around, he was subbed off late in the second half by Sekou Mara.

  • Nigeria and Genk player Paul Onuachu.

    Too Good: Paul Onuachu

    Paul Onuachu was on song twice to propel Genk to a 2-1 victory over Kortrijk in a Belgian Pro League match on Saturday evening.

    The 28-year-old connected well with Mike Tresor Ndayishimiye’s pass to score the opener after 37 minutes before scoring a penalty 11 minutes from time to hand his team all the points.

    Prior to that effort, Comoros midfielder Faiz Selemani had cancelled out his first strike two minutes before the hour mark.