Iwobi, Aina, Awoniyi: Ranking Nigeria players in the Premier League

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Seven Nigeria players featured in the 2023-24 Premier League season for four clubs.

Taiwo Awoniyi and Ola Aina played for Nottingham Forest, Gabriel Osho and Femi Onyedinma are in the books of Luton Town, Calvin Bassey and Alex Iwobi featured for Fulham and Frank Onyeka impressed at Brentford.

Afrosport ranks the performances of each player ahead of their final league games of the campaign.

1. Alex Iwobi – Fulham

Iwobi started the season at Everton but he made a deadline day transfer to West London to join Marco Silva’s Silva.

The Super Eagles midfielder played majorly as an attacking midfielder and he has cemented his starting spot on the flanks.

After playing in Everton’s first two games of the season, Iwobi went to Fulham and he has made a contribution of five goals and two assists in 29 Premier League appearances this season.

2. Calvin Bassey – Fulham

The 24-year-old centre-back comes second after Alex Iwobi in the ranking of Nigeria players with more Premier League appearances this season.

In the 28 appearances made, Bassey was a force to reckon with in Fulham’s defence and formed partnership Tosin Adarabioyo and Issa Diop.

He capped his debut campaign in England with his first Premier League goal in the 2-1 defeat of Manchester United on February 24 and he received his first Premier League red card earlier in the season against Arsenal.

3. Ola Aina – Nottingham Forest

The right-back returned to England in July 2023 and has played a strong part in Nottingham Forest’s league campaign.

Aina started 20 of the 22 Premier League games he has played this term and he has a goal with an assist to his name.

His defensive and attacking contributions helped Forest to survive relegation.

4. Frank Onyeka – Brentford

Whenever he’s called upon, Onyeka delivers his best in any position in the midfield.

The Nigeria midfielder started 11 of his 26 league appearances this season and he broke his Premier League duck in a 2-0 win against Sheffield United in April.

The 26-year-old’s ball winning skills helped him register 37 tackles this term with a 65 per cent success rate.

5. Taiwo Awoniyi – Nottingham Forest

The 26-year-old missed a chunk of Premier League games this season due to injury but he still managed to score six goals in 19 matches.

Awoniyi manage to play just one full game in the English top-flight this term (against Bournemouth on February 4).

6. Gabriel Osho – Luton Town

Osho was one of the shining light in Rob Edwards’ team even though his efforts were not enough Nottingham Forest afloat in the Premier League.

The Super Eagles invitee was disciplined in his executing his defensive duties, picking up three yellow cards after 22 fouls committed in 20 games.

In addition to his primary defensive role, Osho scored two crucial goals for Luton who, unfortunately, dropped to the Championship.

7. Femi Onyedinma – Luton Town

The Lagos-born midfielder struggled for regular playing time in the Premier League, starting four games in his eight appearances.

Onyedinma averaged 10.65 passes per match but he registered five shots with only two on target.

8. Benjamin Fredrick – Brentford

Fredrick joined Brentford on trial from Nigeria in Nigeria in January and he has proven to be an asset with the Premier League club handing him a permanent deal.

The 18-year-old was included in Thomas Frank’s matchday squad against Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur earlier this year.

Fredrick might get his chance to shine in the 2025-26 campaign as he continues his growth in Brentford.


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