How Su­per Ea­gles play­ers per­formed in Europe’s top leagues

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ITALY

Again, no Su­per Ea­gles player ply­ing his trade in this league won the Scud­etto as none played for Ju­ven­tus.

For­mer Chelsea de­fender, Ola Aina played 34 times in all com­pe­ti­tions for Torino. He played 29 times in the league with­out a goal to his name. He won’t be play­ing Euro­pean foot­ball as his side se­cured a 16th place fin­ish on the Serie A ta­ble.

In­ter Mi­lan’s Vic­tor Moses, though re­tired from in­ter­na­tional foot­ball, played 11 league games for the Ner­az­zurri from the mid­field with­out scor­ing a goal. He equally didn’t score a goal in the cup com­pe­ti­tions. How­ever, he will be play­ing in the Cham­pi­ons League fol­low­ing In­ter’s 2nd place fin­ish. Udi­nese de­fender, Wil­liam

Troost Ekong played a ma­jor role as his side se­cured a 16th place fin­ish, ap­pear­ing 28 times but with no goal to his name as well.

The big­gest achiever in Italy is no doubt out of favour Su­per Ea­gles striker, Simy Nwankwo who shot his team Crotone back to the Serie A. He scored a whop­ping 20 goals to end the sea­son as the High­est Goal Scorer.

FRANCE

Yet again, no Su­per Ea­gles player earned a win­ners medal in Ligue 1 as PSG does not have a Nige­rian player in their squad. Vic­tor Osimhen who has be­come Africa’s most sought af­ter striker was fans’ favourite in Lille where he scored 13 times and four as­sists in 27 league ap­pear­ances. The club fin­ished 6th on the Ligue 1 ta­ble.

The for­mer Golden Ea­glets striker scored 2 goals in 5 Cham­pi­ons League games as well as 3 other goals in French Cup com­pe­ti­tions.

Bordeaux striker, Sa­muel Kalu was key to his side 12th place fin­ish with a goal in 20 league ap­pear­ances while Nantes’ Moses Si­mon scored 5 goals in 26 games as his side ended the Ligue 1 sea­son 13th on the ta­ble.

There­fore, based on their per­for­mances, only Ighalo who is a for­mer in­ter­na­tional will fea­ture in the Cham­pi­ons League un­less Vic­tor Moses’ loan deal at In­ter Mi­lan is ex­tended or he is re­called by Chelsea.

In the same vein, only three Su­per Ea­gles play­ers, Wil­fred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheana­cho and Sa­muel Chuk­wueze are presently con­firmed for ap­pear­ances in Europe’s sec­ondtier club com­pe­ti­tion, Europa League.

From the fore­go­ing, it is ev­i­dent that the present Su­per Ea­gles play­ers have failed to match the per­for­mances of their pre­de­ces­sors like Em­manuel Amu­nike, Taribo West, Ce­les­tine Baba­yaro, Kanu Nwankwo, Finid Ge­orge, Vic­tor Ikpeba and a host of oth­ers who had won ti­tles in the ma­jor Euro­pean Leagues.

Ken­neth Omeruo dropped to the lower di­vi­sion with Le­gannes in Spain

Wil­fred Ndidi

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