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

10:50 BST 12/04/2022
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  • Samuel Kalu debuts for Warford and Nigeria.

    Samuel Kalu

    The winger was an unused substitute as Watford were smashed 3-0 by Leeds United. Kalu remains bottom in our ranking, having not played a Premier League game since a 45-minute appearance at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

  • Folarin Balogun Arsenal

    Folarin Balogun

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

  • Watford and Nigeria midfielder Peter Etebo.

    Peter Etebo

    Etebo was left out of the squad for the visit of Leeds, a game the Vicarage Road outfit lost 3-0.

    He falls a place owing to an absence of game time.

  • Troost-Ekong

    William Troost-Ekong

    Another game in which Ekong did not feature. The centre-back — who has not played since New Year's Day — also falls a spot in this week’s assessment.

  • Eberechi Eze - Crystal Palace

    Eberechi Eze

    After going almost two months without match action, Eze was introduced for the final half-hour as Crystal Palace chased the game at Leicester City.

    While Patrick Vieira’s men could not prevent an eventual 2-1 loss, Eze’s performance was quite encouraging.

    The attacking midfielder was involved in five shot-creating actions (defined as passes, dribbles and fouls drawn that led directly to a shot) in 33 minutes, outdone by only Wilfried Zaha’s six.

    Thus, he leapfrogs Watford’s Etebo and Troost-Ekong who continue to be left out by Roy Hodgson.

  • Carney Chukwuemeka Aston Villa 2021-22

    Carney Chukwuemeka

    The midfielder did not come off the bench in Aston Villa’s 4-0 annihilation by Tottenham Hotspur.

    Chukwuemeka has not played since mid-February and, while he retains his spot this week, Eze could set his sights on leapfrogging the unused youngster sooner rather than later.

  • Frank Onyeka - Brentford

    Frank Onyeka

    Another player who could fall if the current situation with little match action persists.

    Onyeka was uninvolved (and did not even make Thomas Frank’s squad) in Brentford’s 2-0 win over West Ham United.

    The midfield man has played just 181 minutes of league football in 2022.

  • Emmanuel Dennis of Nigeria and Watford.

    Emmanuel Dennis

    Left out of Hodgson’s XI for a second week running, Dennis falls two places this week.

    While the forward was introduced for the injured Cucho Hernandez in the 39th minute but could not prevent the defeat by Leeds.

    Dennis has now gone seven appearances (five starts) without a goal and one goal in 13 league games (11 starts) does not look good for the Hornets’ top scorer.

  • Kelechi Iheanacho Leicester 2021-22

    Kelechi Iheanacho

    A 16-minute cameo for Iheanacho in Leicester’s 2-1 win over Palace sees him drop a spot in our updated ranking.

  • Ademola Lookman - Leicester City

    Ademola Lookman

    Lookman scored his fifth Premier League goal of the season and his first since late February in Leicester’s victory over Vieira’s men.

    He supplants Dennis and Iheanacho.

  • Alex Iwobi

    Alex Iwobi

    Iwobi’s continued rise in our rankings sees him leapfrog no less than three players into third spot after a determined showing in Everton’s 1-0 win over Manchester United.

    The midfield man made a joint-high five progressive ball carries, a game-high four interceptions and a commendable seven recoveries. He also completed every attempted dribble for the third game running.

    The ex-Arsenal man is a vital component of Frank Lampard’s side and will be key in their battle to avoid relegation.

  • Yves Bissouma, Wilfred Ndidi

    Wilfred Ndidi

    The injured defensive midfielder did not play in Leicester’s success over Crystal Palace.

    He retains his spot, nonetheless.

  • Michael Olise

    Michael Olise

    While the playmaker keeps his spot, Iwobi’s form means the Palace man has to be looking over his shoulder now.

    Absent from the Eagles’ Leicester trip, Olise will hope to return from the foot injury that has kept him out since March.