Nigerian players in Europe: Sunday Roundup – Iwobi unlocks new position

Iwobi impressed for Everton in a new position, Awoniyi scores first goal for Union Berlin.

Here is how Nigerian players in Europe fared on Sunday:

SPANISH LA LIGA

No Nigerian player was in action in La Liga

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE

Ola Aina played the full match for Fulham as they lost out narrowly to a rejuvenated Everton side. Aina had a decent match but was unable to pose much threat going forward.

Rating – 6/10

Tosin Adarabioyo had a poor game for Fulham and might start to give his coach worry as Fulham needs to be more solid at the back.

Rating – 5/10

Nigerian eligible winger, Ademola Lookman was one of the better performers for Fulham against his former club. The 23-year old winger created 3 chances with one of them being an assist for Chelsea loanee, Loftus-Cheek.

The goal ended up being just a consolation goal and the cottagers are just a point above the relegation zone with fellow relegation candidate ‘Burnley’ having 2 games at hand.

Rating – 7/10

Did you watch Alex Iwobi yesterday? I’m surprised that he can be that effective on the right-wing. It is safe to say that that was Iwobi’s best performance in an Everton shirt.

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 22: Alex Iwobi of Everton runs with the ball during the Premier League match between Fulham and Everton at Craven Cottage on November 22, 2020 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Daniel Leal Olivas – Pool/Getty Images)

Ancelotti’s decision to use Iwobi as a right wing-back turned out to be a very smart move as the Nigerian winger was a different beast yesterday, dribbling past 1, 2, 3 opponents completing the most take-ons in the game (5). Iwobi might have just found a new position.

Rating – 8/10

Fulham 2 – 3 Everton

Kelechi Iheanacho watched on from the bench as Liverpool swept his team aside at Anfield.

Liverpool 3 – 0 Leicester City

SERIE A

Victor Osimhen was unavailable for Napoli as they lost at home to AC Milan. The Naples team are now 6th on the league table and would need to step up if they harbor hopes of returning to the Champions league

Napoli 1 – 3 AC Milan

BUNDESLIGA

Taiwo Awoniyi scored his first goal for Union Berlin as they grabbed an important win away from home beating Koln to move up to 5th place in the league standing.

Taiwo will be hoping this is the first of many and he’ll help his team remain in contention for European football.

Rating – 8/10

Koln 1 – 1 Union Berlin

LIGUE 1

Moses Simon is still out injured as Nantes drew Metz. Nantes are stuck on 14th position with a game in hand.

Nantes 1 – 1 Metz

EREDIVISIE

Tyronne Ebuehi played the whole match for Twente in a tight contest with PSV. The Right back was solid at the back and made an important block to keep his team in the game.

Rating – 7/10

Twente 1 – 1 PSV

SCOTLAND PREMIERSHIP

Joe Aribo started for Rangers as they trashed title challengers, Aberdeen at home extending their lead at the top of the table to 11 points.

Aribo played on the left of a midfield 3 and put on a good performance before being taken off in the 75th minute with the game already put to bed.

Rating – 7/10

Rangers 4 – 0 Aberdeen

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