How Nigerian players fared in the EPL

Bukayo Saka in action
Bukayo Saka in action

The week 10 matches in the English Premier League turned out a bag of mixed fortunes for Nigerian players plying their trade in the most exciting league in the world.

 We bring you a wrap up of the matches involving Nigerian stars as played on Saturday, November 2.

In the early kick off, Philip Billing helped Bournemouth record a 1-0 win against Manchester United, playing the full game at the Vitality Stadium while teammate Dominic Solanke watched proceedings from the bench.

Phillip Billing

Just before half-time, Joshua King flicked the ball over Aaron Wan-Bissaka and then smashed it past David De Gea to secure three points for the Cherries.

At The American Express Community Stadium, Nigeria international Leon Balogun was not in the Brighton & Hove squad against Norwich City. Republic of Ireland youth-teamer Adam Idah was not in the Canaries 18 either.

On 68 minutes, Leandro Trossard opened the scoring when he poked home Montoya’s cross from the right at the near post before Shane Duffy made it 2-0 six minutes from time.

At the Emirates Stadium in London, Arsenal and Wolverhampton Wanderers shared the spoils with a 1-1 draw.

Isaac Success in action

England U19 international Bukayo Saka, who was left out of the starting line-up vs Crystal Palace but started the previous four Premier League games, came off the bench for the second successive game in the 73rd minute.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit a first-time shot past Patricio after being found by Lacazette inside the box to give the Gunners the lead in the 21st minute but the visitors got a point from the game thanks to Raul Jimenez’s 76th minute equaliser.

Leon Balogun cannot still make Brighton team

In the late kick off, Isaac Success returned to Watford’s match day squad for the first time since August 31 but started on the bench against Chelsea at Vicarage Road. As expected, Fikayo Tomori started for the Blues but there was still no room for Faustino Anjola who is yet to get a single minute in the league.


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