The European leagues are well known for its top-notch organization, and the qualities of players that turn out for every team, despite the avalanche of stars and qualities for all of this clubs, Nigerian players were able to hold their own irrespective of the big stars in their respective teams.
Today we take a look at Nigerian footballers who are doing well for their respective clubs, and how they’ve been able to upsurge some of the big stars in respective clubs.
Victor Osimhen – Lille
The Nigerian forward, Osimhen continued his form in front of goal last weekend when he scored against Marseille, Victor was brought in by Lille from Belgium to serve as a backup striker for the French side and also as a supporting cast to Loic Remy, but the young forward got his chance when Remy was injured and since then he hasn’t looked back.
Osimhen nets his 13th goal of the season for Lille, but his goal couldn’t help his team avoid defeat against Marseille as the match ended in favor of Javi Garcia led side.
Osimhen has scored a total of 13 goals so far in this season in Ligue 1, and 18 goals in all competitions which placed him as an important player in the team and in the top scorer list.
Moses Simon – Nantes
Simon winning the best Nantes Player of the Month for October last year beating Algeria international Mehdi Abeid to the prize, and also winning Nantes mid-season-best goal award for his headed goal against OGC Nice in January was a testament to the brilliant form the Nigerian is in at the moment.
The Levante loanee won a total of 31.7% of fans vote to pick the award, and Simon has scored five goals and recorded five assists in 19 appearances in all competitions for Nantes this season before now, the winger now has 10 assist 10 goals in 22 outings for Nantes in the Ligue 1 this season.
Simon continued his impressive form in front of goal in Ligue 1 this season against Nimes in a match that ended in a draw, he would hope to continue this form in subsequent matches this season.
Anthony Nwakaeme – Trabzonspor
Nwakaeme has been in superb scoring form this season, as the forward lead a host of other Super Eagles stars who inform for their respective European clubs.
Since the 30 years old joined the Turkish outfit, he has played over 71 matches and scored 22 goals, but in this current season, Nwakaeme has scored 11 goals and 7 assist with over 3246 minutes played on the pitch.
The Nigerian average a shots of 0.31 goals per game in club competitions, last season his average was 0.3 goals per game, he scored 12 goals in 40 matches, meanwhile, in this season for Trabzonspor, Nwakaeme has a total of 65 shots, of which 25 were shots on goal and his passes completed were 77 percent and also the man of the match last weekend.
He surely deserves a Super Eagles call-up next month when international football returns for the new year, however, it would be difficult for him to dispose of Osimhen.
William Troost-Ekong – Udinese
So far this season the Nigerian has featured in over 23 matches for Udinese, although his club hasn’t been firing from all cylinders, however, Ekong has to be able to put in a good shift at the back.
Ekong will hope to continue in this great form that has got him this far in the backline of the Italian outfit when the national assignment comes calling.
Kenneth Omeruo – Leganes
There was a scare at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia when Kenneth Omeruo suffered what looked like a serious injury when he collided with a player.
Omeruo has always been the only Nigerian on the pitch almost all the time for Leganes who has been playing regularly for Leganes despite having a fellow Nigerian Awaziem in the team who hasn’t have much playing time in the team.
The Nigerian defender will hope to continue in this form when he returns back for the National assignment when the Afcon qualifier returns.
Samuel Chukwueze – Villarreal
The Nigerian has been in firing form this season, which has led to big clubs in Europe looking to sign him if he continues with that form he might move to a bigger club in Europe come next season.
Chukuwueze enjoyed a cameo for Villarreal, against Valladolid as they earned a point at Real Valladolid after a 1-1 draw with the Madrid based side.
Chukwueze was a 72-minute in that match and a 76th-minute substitute in their win against Levante last weekend, in that match he hardly had enough time to influence the game, though he created a chance and key pass for his team.
Shehu Abdullahi – Bursaspor
Abdullahi scored an incredible solo goal as Bursaspor defeated their hosts Osmanlispor two weekend ago, and he was also in full action last weekend when his side hosted Adana Demirspor, and the Nigerian right back shunned like a million star in the match, Abdullahi has been in top form for the Turkish outfit so far this season.
Abdullah who played from midfield in recent time for his club continues to make a case for himself in other to get an invite from the national team manager, as his continue to push for a swift return to the Turkish top flight following their relegation last season.
He will want to leverage on this great form he has found himself going forward into the season and hopefully for a national call up if he found favor with the Eagles manager critically with the AFCON qualifier very much around the corner.
Joe Aribo – Rangers
The newfound Nigerian midfield maestro Aribo helped Rangers qualify for the next round of the Scottish FA Cup two weekends ago scoring the second goal of the day for his club.
Aribo has to be a key figure in Steven Gerrard’s team this season as he continues to justify why he was brought in into from England.
As expected, Aribo should get his place in the National Team when the Afcon qualifier against Sierra Leone comes to town.
Semi Ajayi – West Brom
It was business as usual in the Championship for Semi Ajayi as he helped his team, West Brom, once again to a clean sheet two weekends ago also, and he has continued to prove how important he is to the team.
The Baggies are back at the top of the table after a victory over Millwall, and a 2-2 draw against Nottingham Forest last weekend to continue their quest for a fight into the EPL next season, Ajayi was very good for West Brom winning 100% of his tackles, 5 aerial duels, and one interception.
Ajayi’s form this season as being on a great ascendency, and it will take a miracle for Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, to ignore the in-form defender.
Daniel Adejo – Lamia
Adejo put up a decent performance while making his 18th appearance of the season in Lamia’s 1-1 draw against Panetolikos, their 3-2 lot Olympiacos and their 0-0 draw with Xanthi, so far this season the unknown Nigerian defender has scored just a goal, however, he has been a regular name at the back lines of Lamia.
Adejo this season has also recorded 0 assists, played over 2215 minutes, with 25 times in all games, with an average shot of 0.04 goals per game for club competitions meanwhile his last season stat was an average of 0.09 goals per game, and he scored 3 goals in 35 club matches.
The Nigerian will be expected to continue helping the team in the backline this weekend in their quest to climb up the ladder on the log in the Greek Super League this season.
Super League: Respect & Dialogue Needed To Restore Normality
The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, disapproving the concept of Super League
President Gianni Infantino has called for respect and dialogue as he expressed FIFA’s strong disapproval of the proposed European Superleague project, and has requested that the concerned parties consider their position in line with respecting the institutions that exist to protect the interest of national, European, and global football.
“FIFA is an organization which is built on values, the true values of sport,” said the FIFA President in his address to the 45th Ordinary UEFA Congress in Montreux, Switzerland.
“It is an organization that is built on our statutes, the statutes that define the institutional framework, with the pyramid, with FIFA, the confederations, the associations, the leagues, the clubs, the players. And at FIFA, we can only strongly disapprove of the creation of a super league which is a closed shop, which is a breakaway from the current institutions, from the leagues, from the associations, from UEFA, and from FIFA, which is outside of the system. There is no doubt whatsoever of FIFA’s disapproval for this.”
The FIFA President emphasized his full support to the European sports model, a successful model of openness and inclusivity, promotion and relegation, and a model that he promoted in his 16 years at UEFA:
“FIFA is here, and I am here today as FIFA President, to bring full support to European football, to UEFA, and the 55 member associations of UEFA and of FIFA, to the leagues, clubs, players, and to fans. To all the fans, all over Europe, and actually all over the world as well.”
“We can see that there is a lot to throw away for the short-term financial gain of some,” the FIFA President added. “People need to think very carefully, they need to reflect, and they need to assume responsibility. They need to think not only of their shareholders, but they need to think about all the people, of all the fans, of all those who have contributed to making European football what it is today. It goes back not only decades, it goes back more than one hundred years. People – with love, with passion, with commitment – have created all this. And we need to protect this. It is our task.”
“FIFA is a democratic organization, an organization that is open,” the FIFA President concluded. “Everyone can bring ideas and proposals, but always with respect for the institutions, leagues, associations, UEFA, and FIFA.
With respect for the history and with the respect for the passion of so many people around the world. I understand as well that on these particular days, emotions are very high, but we need to always keep the line. Football is hope, and it is our responsibility to make hope a reality. So we hope that everything will go back to normal and that everything will be settled, but always with acting responsibly, with respect, with solidarity, and always in the interest of national, European, and global football.”
2 Potential Manager To Replace Hansi Flick
Hansi Flick awesome reign with the Bavarian giant is gradually winding down, as it’s looking likely that he may not further manage the Die Roten next season.
Bayern Munich’s quest to win the Champions League consecutively came to end on Tuesday night, via the UEFA’s away goal rules having lost the first leg at home to Paris Saint Germain in the quarter-finals despite being the better side at home.
The Bavarian giant will now focus on league duty and they’re no doubt the team in pole position to win the Bundesliga, as the 2020-21 campaign is gradually coasting home with fewer games left to be played. In that regard, there is a great need for Die Roten to start preparing for next season administration and coaching wise.
The friction relationship between Hansi Flick and the Sports Director has broken down to such as extent that the manager has decided to terminate his current contract.
Hansi Flick sent shock waves through German football on Saturday after a 3-2 win over Wolfburg which keeps the Bavarian in pole position to retain the league title. Hansi Flick issued a statement about his decision to exit when the current campaign draws to a close.
“I told the team today that I informed the club during the week, after the game in Paris, I would like to terminate my contract at the end of the season.
“It was important to me that the team learn this from me because there was already a lot of hallway rumours going around.
“We’ve done a great job together for almost two years. I’m absolutely impressed with this team, their quality and their attitude.”
He added: “I also want to thank the club that gave me the chance to manage this incredible team.
“This decision was not easy for me. I’m a fan of this club. Gerd Müller, Paul Breitner, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge all were childhood idols for me.
“I’m eternally grateful to the club for the chance they gave me to become head coach here.”
It’s quite evident that a new manager would be appointed to pave way for a new rebuild of the team especially with the looming departure of David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, and Javi Martinez.
Two potential top managers that could succeed Hansi Flick, should he accept Die Mannschaft managerial position.
- Julien Nagelsmann – (RB Leipzig)
Nagelsmann has been rumoured as a possible replacement to succeed not one but many managers in Europe’s top-flight leagues whose future with their respective clubs are not guaranteed. This time around, the 33-year-old has been rumoured to be one of the possible potential managers to succeed Hansi Flick.
It could be argued that Nagelsmann is the tailor-made manager to take over the reins at the Allianz Arena, and there is no doubt RB Leipzig manager would certainly harbour the dream of managing one of the biggest clubs in Europe.
Nagelsmann is presently focusing on the job at hand with RB Leipzig, plus the fact that he’s still under contract with his employers until the end of the 2022-23 season.
With RB Leipzig and Nagelsmann flying high in the Bundesliga in terms of team performances, with next season European football spot already secured, the club’s Executive Director Oliver Mintzlaff may consider letting him leave to join their rival.
However, it’s left to be seen how things would shape up at the end of the campaign.
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- Jurgen Klopp – (Liverpool)
The relationship the German tactician has achieved thus far with Liverpool started in 2015 when he joined the Kop from Borussia Dortmund, since then he has achieved quite an incredible success with the Reds winning their first league title after thirty years and a Champions League triumph.
Liverpool were eliminated early in both domestic cup competitions and failed to progress past the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and it’s quite impossible to say that the Kop will defend their title with their current epileptic form in the Premier League especially when it’s looking done and dusted that the cityzen would clinch the title.
Having used close to six years with Liverpool since he joined the Anfield side, this could be the perfect time for the former Borussia Dortmund manager to take up a new challenge. However, despite Liverpool’s unpalatable 2020-21 campaign, the German has often reiterated that he is in no way finished at Liverpool, despite been link to the Bayern Munich and Die Mannschaft managerial position.
Given his incredible success with BVB, it’s quite evident that he would one day go on to manage either Die Roten or Die Mannschaft. Should Bayern secure the service of Klopp, he would certainly be the right and wise choice for the Bavarian giant.
At the end of the campaign, there would be a breath of fresh air in the Bavarian giant camp, with the new CEO Oliver Kahn taking the mantle of leadership from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. In that sense, it’s left to be seen if the incoming leader would sanction the appointment of a new manager or stick with Hansi Flick. Only time would tell.