EiE: Ndidi, Iwobi star in home victories

EiE: Ndidi, Iwobi star in home victories

It was another weekend of football for Super Eagles players in Europe, with Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi, Isaac Success and Henry Onyekuru all tasting action.

Eagels in Europe brings to you a review of their performances amongst others.

In the popular English Premier League, it was a battle between brothers as Leicester City duo of Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho, welcomed Success and Watford to the King Power stadium.

Mr consistency, Ndidi, and Success started the encounter, with Iheanacho finding himself on the bench once again.  Wit five tackles and three interceptions, Ndidi was not just the best Nigerian on the pitch but one of the best players.

He and Success, who picked up a booking in the second half, lasted the duration of the game while Iheanacho played for 18 minutes after replacing Jamie Vardy on 72 minutes.

Leon Balogun, Brighton & Hove Albion
For the first time since August 25, Balogun finally played for his PL side, Brighton.

Balogun who has found game time had to come by at the club, saw 12 minutes of action after coming on as a second half substitute. It was his third game for the club.

Alex Iwobi, Arsenal
Iwobi had an underwhelming performance for his London based club, Arsenal, as they eased past a helpless Tottenham side 4-2 in the North London derby.

Iwobi lasted for just 45 minutes with his side 2-1 down, and was replaced by Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

In the English lower division, Oghenekaro Etebo was expectedly absent after his red card last time out as Stoke City held their hosts, Reading, to a 2-2 draw.


Jamilu Collins, Paderborn
Collins started but played for 76 minutes as Paderborn drew 2– at home to Arminia Bielefeld in the Bundesliga II.

Samuel Kalu, Bordeaux

Kalu played for 21 minutes as his side held Ligue 1 leaders, Paris Saint-Germain to a 2-2 draw at home. Kalu was a second half substitute in that game.

John Ogu, Hapoel Beer Sheba

Ogu’s Israeli champions, Beer Sheva, dropped points at home after they were held to a 2-2 stalemate by Hapoel Hadera, with Ogu on from start to finish.

Ola Aina, Torino

Aina helped his Torino side to a needed 2-1 home win over Genoa, playing for 30minutes in the Italian Serie A.

William Troost-Ekong, Udinese
Troost-Ekong was on from start to finish as Udinese failed to build on their win the last time, playing a goalless draw at Sassuolo.

Joel Obi, Chievo Verona

Chievo were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Lazio with their Nigerian import, Obi, featuring for 74minutes.

Bryan Idowu, Lokomotiv Moscow

Fullback, Idowu was an unused substitute in Lokomotiv’s 2-1 loss at Spartak Moscow.

Kenneth Omeruo, Leganes

Omeruo retained his starting berth in the Leganes team ahead of their visit to Real Valladolid. Playing from start to finish, while he helped his side to a victory, Omeruo and his team mates failed to keep a clean sheet after a 4-2 score line.

Samuel Chukuweze, Villarreal
His team may have lost to giants, Barcelona, but Chukuweze once again proved what a budding talent he is with a lovely performance against Barca at Camp Nou.

Chukuweze played for 90 minutes, completing five out of six dribbles while creating one scoring chance for his side in a 2-0 defeat.

Henry Onyekuru, Galatasaray

For 83 minutes he was on the pitch, Onyekuru was caged and denied a penalty before he was substituted in Galatasaray’s 1-0 defeat at Besiktas.

In our bonus section today, we have Paul Onuachu, who put on a man of the match display for Danish side, Midtjylland.

Onuachu assisted one and scored another in their 2-1 win at Randers FC. For a very long time now, Onuachu has been knocking on the doors of the Super Eagles, and surely his latest performance cannot go unnoticed by the scouts of the national team.

Onuachu’s latest feat means he has now netted nine goals in 15 outings this season, but was however booked in that encounter.

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