Afconq2021: These are the 5 most outstanding Super Eagles players in Europe this season
The Super Eagles of Nigeria are set to take on the Squirrels of Benin Republic and the Crocodiles of Lesotho on March 27 and 30 respectively.
Here Toju Sote takes runs a rule over the five national team players who have been most outstanding for their clubs in Europe.
1) KELECHI IHEANACHO (Leicester City, England): Kelechi is on a roll at the moment. His hattrick in Leicester City’s 5-0 pummelling of Sheffield United already puts him in the history books as only the fourth Nigerian to score three goals in a Premier League match.
He followed that with a brace in the 3-1 win that knocked Manchester United out of the FA Cup, breaking Didier Drogba’s record as the African player with most goals in the FA Cup with 13 goals. He is also the only other player apart from Aguero in England to score 20 or more goals across two domestic Cup competitions.
He has now scored nine goals in his last nine games in all competitions. He has six goals in 16 Premier League games (eight substitute appearances) and 12 goals in 28 games in all competitions this season. He has no assist and no yellow card.
2) PAUL ONUACHU (Genk, Belgium):
Gangling Paul has had a phenomenal season so far.
He has a league topping 25 goals and two assists in 30 games in the Belgian Pro League. In context, he has more league goals than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo this season. He is 11th in the European Golden Shoe co-efficient ranking and is third on goals only.
Onuachu was initially placed on standby by manager Gernot Rohr but was ramped up to replace Moses Simon who had Covid-19 travel restrictions from France.
3) WILFRED NDIDI (Leicester City, England):
Ndidi has been fantastic in the midfield for Leicester City all season. The player who is known for his defensive prowess and long range strikes had an abductor injury in September 2020 and returned to action in December.
He scored his first League goal in January against Chelsea in a 2-0 win.
He has three assists this season with 950 passes, 826 passes with an 87% pass completion rate.
He has also attempted 87 tackles with 61 successful tackles and a 70% tackle completion rate.
He has made 31 fouls and has three yellow cards to show for it. He has played 17 Premier League games (one substitute appearance) for Leicester City this season.
4) VICTOR OSIMHEN (Napoli, Italy):
Victor Osimhen had one of the biggest transfer deals of the summer, going to Napoli for a record-breaking amount of €80m for an African player.
Osimhen, widely regarded as one of the most promising and most in-demand African footballers prior to his transfer has played 13 League games (six substitute appearances) for Napoli this season. Though severely limited by injury and sickness, Osimhen has managed to score three goals in the Serie A this season with one assist. He has also received two yellow cards.
5) HENRY ONYEKURU (Galatasaray, Turkey):
Onyekuru has made 10 appearances for Gala in the Super Lig (Turkish League) this season and has five goals to his name.
On loan from Monaco with an option to buy, the Nigerian has an impressive strike rate of 0.5 goals per game in the Super Lig despite starting four games from the bench.
He doesn’t have any yellow card this season.