A couple of Nigerian stars featured in the Premier League on Saturday. Alex Iwobi was in action for Everton, Joe Aribo featured in Southampton’s loss to Manchester United while Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi lost to Chelsea in London.
Super Eagles midfielder Iwobi, who has started the season brightly, starred in Everton’s 1-1 draw at Brentford. Meanwhile, it was a disappointing outing for Joe Aribo, Kelechi Iheanacho, and Wilfred Ndidi as they all lost with their sides on Saturday.
Earlier in the week, the former Arsenal man got recognized for his brilliance as he was listed in the Carabao Cup team of the round of 32. The performance did not stop there as he continued with his impressive displays at the Brentford Community Stadium.
Anthony Gordon, who has been linked with a move to Chelsea, put the Toffees a goal ahead in the 24th minute, but Brentford pulled one back through Vitaly Janelt in the 84th minute to ensure it ended 1-1.
Iwobi’s rejuvenation continued as he was one of the best players on the pitch, registering 54 touches, a 93 percent pass accuracy, five successful duels, and a shot on target.
Elsewhere, it was disappointment for Aribo and his Southampton teammates, as, despite a good display, they lost to 1-0 to Manchester United at the St Mary’s Stadium.
Although the Saints came out better in the second half of the game, it was the Red Devils who ran away with the win as Bruno Fernandes struck just ten minutes after the break.
Aribo was on the pitch for 89 minutes and could have scored but David De Gea was there to make a great reflex save. The former Rangers man won six of his twelve duels and had an 85 percent pass accuracy.
Meanwhile, at Stamford Bridge, it was yet another tale of disappointment for Super Eagles stars Iheanacho and Ndidi, as Leicester City were beaten by Chelsea 2-1.
In a rather shock move, both Nigerian stars started the game from the bench and manager Brendan Rodgers only introduced them in the second half after they have gone two goals down despite their numerical advantage.
Raheem Sterling put Chelsea ahead with a brace before Barnes pulled one back for the Foxes and despite a late onslaught from Leicester City, Chelsea held out for a 2-1 victory.
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