Underwhelming performances from Nigerians in Europe
Which of the nation’s players had weekends to forget?
While Brentford secured a surprising 2-1 win over West Ham United, Onyeka showing before his withdrawal in the final 10 minutes was a tad underwhelming.
The Nigeria midfielder was second-best in the majority of his 11 duels (won only five) and the game seemed to pass him by at times.
Thomas Frank’s side did end the weekend in seventh spot after picking up a last-gasp win at the London Stadium.
The wide attacker was on the pitch for 82 minutes, but he did little to affect proceedings in Nantes’ eventual 2-0 win over Troyes on Sunday.
Simon won just two of his seven ground duels, had an erratic delivery from wide areas and lost possession multiple times.
Nantes moved to ninth spot following the fourth Ligue 1 success of the campaign.
Kalu didn’t last an hour in Bordeaux’s 3-0 defeat at Monaco, their fourth of the season.
The wideman couldn’t beat his man with any regularity, won only three duels from nine and seemed to lose possession whenever he did get the ball.
The Girondins have picked up only one victory in their last five and Sunday’s reverse means they’re winless in their last three domestic games.
Seye Omidiora is a passionate football writer and pundit whose deep appreciation for the beautiful game exceeds the usual. He is currently a columnist for Goal Africa and has previously written for Vital Football UK, IBCity Info and Opera News.
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