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Nigerians abroad: Top performers over the weekend

Nigerians abroad: Top performers over the weekend

It is guaranteed that Nigerian footballers in Europe will deliver the goods once weekend action sets in. This weekend was no different. Here’s the best pick of them all.

Victor Boniface (Union St. Gilloise)

The 21-year-old is making a very good impression on his new employers since arriving from Norwegian side Bodo/Glimt in the summer. 

Away to Oostende on Sunday, Boniface found the back of the net and also provided an assist in a massive 6-1 win for Union St. Gilloise.

Boniface now has a hand in five goals (Three goals, two assists) in nine Belgian First Division games. In all competitions, he has recorded 11 goals in just 17 outings.

Union St. Gilloise will be pleased to know they got themselves a huge bargain.

Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth)

The Cherries have seen improved form since their 9-0 bashing by Liverpool on August 27.

Since then, they’re been unbeaten in the Premier League (W2 D4) and Solanke has been involved in that run, the latest coming in their 2-2 draw with Fulham on Saturday where he scored and provided an assist.

The Anglo-Nigerian forward has now been involved in five goals (two goals, three assists) in his last five league matches. If Bournemouth continues to impress, it’s likely Solanke will too.

Victor Osimhen (Napoli)

After more than a month out with a muscle injury, Osimhen came back with a bang when he netted off the bench in Napoli’s 4-2 Champions League win over Ajax Amsterdam. 

The powerful forward was on the bench again when Partenopei faced Bologna at the weekend and came on to score his team’s final goal, Napoli winning 3-2.

Luciano Spalletti’s side coped well in Osimhen’s absence, winning six games in all competitions. With his return, they will be more fearsome as they look to maintain momentum at the top of the Serie A standings.

Moses Simon (Nantes)

Simon is without a doubt Nantes’ most important player, especially when it comes to goals. 

The Nigerian found the back of the net from the penalty spot in a 4-1 Ligue 1 win over Brest at the weekend. The victory ended a run of five games without a win (D2 L4), the previous victory coming in a 3-1 win over Toulouse in which Simon scored and assisted.

Four goals in nine league games isn’t a bad tally for the winger but Nantes need to start winning again and climb up from the 14th position they currently occupy, two points away from the relegation zone.

Onyekuru (Adana Demirspor) 

The Turkish Super Lig seems to be home for the Olympiacos loanee. 

After three loan spells at Galatasaray, Onyekuru is performing well at Adana Demirspor. The 25-year-old has been very active for the Blue Lightnings and scored in a 4-1 win over Kasimpasa at the weekend. It was his third goal of the season added to two assists he’s provided in previous games.

Adana have only lost one game all season (W6 D3) and sits on top of the Super Lig table.

Ademola Lookman (Atalanta)

Atalanta simply refuse to lose in the Serie A and they bagged another win, this time beating Sassuolo 2-1.

One man who can’t stop scoring for them is Lookman who made it three goals in a row in the above-named fixture.

Atalanta currently sits in second place and should they continue to show the credentials of a title contender, Lookman could be having the best stint of his career.

Paul Onuachu (Genk)


The 201cm tall forward is very much in the scoring mood for Genk as he was on target at Leuven at the weekend in a 1-0 win. 

It is the third consecutive Belgian First Division match Onuachu will score, taking his tally to four in that span and in nine top-flight matches.

Once Onuachu is in top gear, no one can stop him.

Cyriel Dessers (Cremonese)


Life in Lombardy hasn’t been easy for Dessers where he has largely failed to make his mark. 

It all changed when he scored for Cremonese against Napoli previously but it ended in a 4-1 defeat on their turf. Dessers would follow up with another strike on Sunday in a 2-2 draw with Spezia on Sunday.

Dessers might have scored in back-to-back games but Cremonese still remain winless after 10 Serie A games. Hopefully, more goals from his end will lead to a first victory for the newly-promoted team that last played top-flight football 26 years ago.

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