Lots of fans are excited with European football returning to our screens as the English Premier League, the Spanish La Liga and the French Ligue 1 are all underway. With other major European leagues to follow suit soon, it’ll be quite interesting to see how Nigerian footballers abroad will perform this season. This week, this is how they’ve fared so far.
Wilfred Ndidi seemed to pick up where he left off from last season as The Foxes clashed with The Baggies on Sunday afternoon. Ndidi was deployed as a centre back due to the absence of Jonny Evans on suspension, a position which he isn’t used to.
This didn’t hamper his performances in any way, rather used it to show his versatility, as he was one of the best performers on the pitch. Ndidi helped Leicester City keep a clean sheet as they thrashed West Brom 3-0 at the King Power Stadium.
Semi Ajayi wasn’t able to outshine his compatriot, Wilfred Ndidi in the clash on Sunday evening. Despite showing signs he’s ready for the step up to the Premier League, there were moments he was outpaced by opposition attackers in the game as his side suffered a 3-0 loss in the hands of The Foxes.
Overall, he had an average performance.
Eberechi Eze came on as a substitute to replace Jeffery Schlupp as he made his debut for Crystal Palace on Saturday. He wasn’t able to make much impact in their win over Southampton as he spent just 9 minutes of normal time on the pitch.
Unlike his compatriot in the same team, Iheanacho wasn’t able to get any minutes on the pitch in the weekend. Jamie Vardy who played in his stead is always the first name on the sheet as he’s been their most prolific forward for years. Iheanacho however, would have to make use of every opportunity he gets if he’s going to take Vardy’s place in the team.
The signing of James Rodriguez meant only one thing for Alex Iwobi which is less game time and fewer opportunities to seal his place in Everton’s starting line up.
Everton’s manager, Carlo Ancelotti took no time to confirm this as Iwobi didn’t even make the team sheet in Everton’s outing to White Hart Lane on Sunday.
For Iwobi to return in Ancelotti’s favour, he must prove himself with every opportunity he’s given. SAMUEL
The Nigerian international featured for Villareal under Unai Emery on Sunday and put on a dazzling performance. Though he had no direct contribution to the goal as they played out a 1-1 draw with Huesca, he delivered a breathtaking performance, creating lots of chances from the very start of the game.
His compatriot, Kelechi Nwakali featured for SD Huesca in the game, making his debut as he came on as a substitute to replace Juan Carlos. He had a good performance, having a 100% pass completion rate as his side fought out a draw.