Another game week brought novel dimensions with regards to Nigerian Players. Paul Onuachu, being central, continued his goal-reverberating form as he walloped two past Cercle Brugge. Alex Iwobi’s Everton fell disappointingly to Leeds, while troubles hound up for Simeon Nwankwo’s Crotone as the fight against relegation beckons.
Onuachu continues to defy available excuses for absence in national team set up.
Before the eightieth minute against Cercle Brugge, Nigerian forward, Paul Onuachu had already inflicted the damage, a clinical one meticulously executed to catapult as high on top scorers rankings. Having netted a brace, Paul added yet, another statement about a necessary inclusion in the national set up. He has unfortunately been victimized by tactical excuses, perhaps as a result of an odd characteristics, which ironically should be an advantage. With 12 goals in 14 matches, it dawns that Paul might set a horizon for a tactical change that must compulsorily suit his style.
Full Time: Cercle Brugge 1 vs KRC Genk 5
Zaidu Sanusi’s impressive performances enough to cement first team status.
Riding on a goal-scoring effort in the UEFA Champions League last week, Sanusi capped a personally successful week in style. He formed a solid partnership with Malang Sarr in the 1 nil weekend win and made three decisive clearances. it seems Zaidu wouldn’t let anything past him, not even a whiff of air.
Santa Clara 0 vs Porto 1
Iwobi continues a search for tactical identity as distraught results drowns Crotone.
Iwobi’s Everton and Simeon Nwakwo’s Crotone saw respective regressions in results. Everton lost to Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds, further accentuating any attempt of providing a Leicester-esque model of winning the English Premier League title. Everton failed to replicate the brilliant performance against Fulham the last weekend as Iwobi played only 45 minutes. Meanwhile, Crotone continue to struggle in the Italian Serie A, as they remain winless after 9 games.
Bologna 1 vs Crotone 0, Everton 0 vs leeds 1
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Leon Balogun has had a stop-start introduction to life in the top tier of Scottish football. The German-born defender was part of the Super Eagles team at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and also featured as they finished third at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt.
He has been plagued by niggling muscle injuries since making his debut for Glasgow Rangers in early August vs Aberdeen. Despite a couple of set backs that have kept him out of games against Livingston, Kilmarnock, Dundee United, Hamilton and Lincoln Red Imps (Europa League), it seems that the other half of the ‘Oyinbo wall’ is getting back to the sort of form that earned him his first Super Eagles cap back in March 2014.
Balogun has been able to churn out impressive performances when he has featured at the heart of the rangers defence alongside Connor Goldson, with whom he has already earned two clean sheets in 3 appearances.
LEON BALOGUN RANGERS STATS SO FAR:
Games Played— 3
Minutes Played— 225
Passes Attempted— 172
Passes Completed— 156
Pass Accuracy — 90.7%
Duels Contested— 26
Tackles Made— 4
Aerial Duel Success — 88.24%
The 32 year-old had a torrid time at Brighton, and his lack of appearances has seen him out of Eagles’ Coach Gernot Rohr’s plans in recent times. But if he keeps up this sort of form and hopefully stays fit, we might be seeing the ‘Oyibo Wall’ partnership making a welcome return very soon.
Rangers face Hibernian away in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday at 12pm CAT. They are currently top of the league, level on points with Celtic.
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Since 2016, Leon Balogun and William Troost-Ekong have been defensive partners for the Super Eagles of Nigeria. They featured together severally, including at the 2018 World Cup, building a solid partnership and earning the nickname, “Oyinbo Wall”. The name was given to the foreign-born centre back pair, for their very obvious ‘light-skinned’ complexion.
The ‘Oyinbo Wall’ partnership however ended abruptly after the World Cup, with Leon Balogun losing his place at Brighton. Troost-Ekong has since been playing in the heart of the Super Eagles defence with several other players. Kenneth Omeruo and Semi Ajayi have both done well, with the former playing alongside Ekong during AFCON 2019 .
“As things have finally come to an end on this strange season I’d like to say thank you @OfficialBHAFC & every soul involved for opening the door for me to Premier League football. I’ve felt at ‘home’ from the first second of my time with the Seagulls. Beating Man Utd in the Amex, having you guys singing my very own chant, playing at Anfield and of course scoring against Palace in front of YOU are memories I’ll carry with me forever. Thank you for making my time in your beautiful city a time I will never forget!
I also want to say thank you and goodbye to Paul Cook and his staff, the team and the whole Tics Family @LaticsOfficial .It’s been a very short & super intense time and I’m happy to have played my part in it.
The togetherness, the honesty and warmth of the people in and around the club is simply amazing. I would have wished to end my spell with a different outcome, but unfortunately that’s beyond our control now. Regardless I will always remember this as a very special time in my career, in a very special place with a very special club full of very special people. THANK YOU WEgan, I salute you.
(Looking forward to my next football adventure – news coming very very soon).”
Having gone through a season of pressure and disappointment, due to lack of playing time with Brighton, before joining a Wigan Athletic club in a dire financial situation and being placed in administration by the English FA, Leon would be hoping to find a new home in a place where he can just relax and play his football.
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