Soccernet picks top 10 Nigerian players to Play in the Premier League. He made 220 appearances for the club and scored eight goals during his time there. He finished with a return of 15 goals in the 2015-16 season. In 2005, he joined Newcastle and made an impressive display before a reoccurrence injury made him leave the club via a mutual agreement in 2007. Papilo, as he’s fondly regarded in the colours of the Super Eagles, was part of Gunners’ invincible team that clinched the 2003/2004 Premier League title and was one of the few players to have won the English FA Cup with different teams having won it with Arsenal and Portsmouth. Victor Moses – (Wigan, Stoke, Liverpool, Chelsea). He is a graduate of Mass Communication with 10 years experience working with reputable publications including Complete Sports. Osaze Odemwingie – (West Brom, Cardiff City, Stoke City). ‘The Yak’ as football fans in England called him, is one of the two African strikers to have hit 100 goals in English football, the second being Didier Drogba. Please enter your username or email address to reset your password. Nigeria has produced some of the most prolific wingers and forwards to have graced the Premier League. His 101 caps is the joint-most ever, and he led the team to glory at the 2013 Cup of Nations. You might be surprised by some of the inclusions despite the success of the Nigerian national team at the African Cup of Nations and Olympics Games over the past couple of decades. Top 10 Nigerian Players To Play In Premier League. Despite not winning any titles with Everton, Yobo was one of the most consistent players in the squad, and was one of only seven players in the entire league to play every minute of every game throughout the 2006–07 season; his teammate Joleon Lescott also being an ever-present throughout the season. Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL). Mikel Obi was the most sought-after player in Europe after his brilliant display at the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which also featured Lionel Messi of Argentina. Interestingly, Okocha led the team to a first cup final in nine years and his goal in his first season with the club was voted in 2008 as Bolton’s best premier league goal. Despite being just 23 years old, the young striker is performing above expectations as he is spearheading the attack for one of the most exciting sides in the Nigerian Premier League this season. [email protected]. 9. Comment document.getElementById("comment").setAttribute( "id", "ae86c790bb765fec658da9214a666b1a" );document.getElementById("h3426986c9").setAttribute( "id", "comment" ); Copyright © 2020 Soccernet Media Limited. Kanu Nwankwo (Arsenal, West Brom, Portsmouth) Celestine Babayaro held sway as Chelsea’s left-back from 1997-2004, after signing from Anderlecht and won one FA Cup, one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, and one UEFA Super Cup. 7. Alimi Sikiru has been instrumental in Lobi Stars title Challenge this season as they sit second in the NPL table 3 points off leaders Plateau United. A solid defender for the Toffees in the English Premier League, Joseph Yobo played a key role in ensuring that the team maintained its topflight status in the league and also qualified for the Champions League playoff under former manager, David Moyes. Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel had a successful career at Chelsea winning almost every trophy during his ten-year spell at Stamford Bridge. The Nigerian half-caste became an instant hit when he moved from Russian club, Lokomotiv Moscow to the Baggies in 2010. Crystal Palace first discovered the Nigerian ace in the Championship before being lured out by the then Wigan coach, Roberto Martinez. Celestine Babayaro (Chelsea, Newcastle United). During his stay at West Brom, he became the club’s all-time highest goalscorer in a season when he smashed 15 league goals in his first season for the modest side. Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton, Leicester City, Blackburn Rovers, Reading). Okocha played 124 league games for Bolton, scoring 14 goals. One of the most decorated Nigerian players in the English Premier League, Nwankwo Kano will always be remembered for coming on from the bench to score a hattrick in the space of 15 minutes that gave Arsenal victory despite going 2-0 down against Chelsea. Top 20 Nigerian footballers in Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature Here are 20 of the best Nigerian players to have featured in the … 2. His 28 Premier League goals between his two seasons in Portsmouth, makes him, the club’s highest-ever scorer in the Premier League and was also transferred to Everton in August 2007 for a fee of £11.25 million on a five-year deal. 4. Kanu Nwankwo (Arsenal, West Brom, Portsmouth). Amokachi made 43 appearances for the Toffees and scored 10 goals. However, his 2016-17 season was less impressive. Here are 20 of the best Nigerian players to have played in the Premier League over the last number of years. His impressive performances in the middle of the park have propelled Leicester City to a second-place position.