Football has been progressing in Africa for a long time and the evidence is clear, a lot of African players play in top-tier European leagues. Nigeria has one of the largest number of players in Europe among all nations in 2021.
Today, we want to list out the best 7 Nigerian footballers in Europe’s top flight leagues for 2020.
VICTOR OSIMHEN (Napoli /Italy):
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, on December 1998, Victor James Osimhen, known as Victor Osimhen, is one of the best Nigerian football players in Europe 2020/2021 currently playing for Serie A side Napoli. He became the most expensive Nigerian player in Europe after being transfered from Lille to Napoli for a club record fee of €71m. The Nigerian talent has an immense goal-scoring skills. Arriving at Napoli, he has impressed this season, scoring 2 goals with one of them being a very vital winning goal for the Serie A club.
In his 27 appearances for his former French club Lille, he scored 13 goals, which means almost one goal in every two appearances.
WILFRED NDIDI (Leicester/England):
One of the English Premier League’s highest performing players has been the Leicester City midfielder, and the second half of the season can only get bigger.
Brendan Rodgers is expected to rely even more on the skills of one of the world’s best defensive midfielders.
Even if Leicester City failed to beat the likes of Man Utd, Man City and Liverpool to the title, finishing as a top 4 in the English top flight is laudable and Ndidi would have played a key role in that.
SAMUEL CHUKWUEZE (Villareal/Spain):
Becoming the youngest player to reach 100 games for Spanish club Villarreal CF in 2020, Samuel Chukwueze sets new record.
What a new season it is for Samuel Chukwueze, who declared himself as the next Nigerian world class superstar.
His five goals and two assists for Villarreal mark an admirable feat for a 19-year-old in his first full campaign in a major European league, as he helped pulled the Yellow Submarine off the dropzone.
He only made his full league debut in November 2019, the same month he made his Super Eagles debut against Uganda, and in April he was named Young Player of the Year by the Nigeria Football Federation.
3. UMAR SADIQ (FK Partizan/ Serbia)
A year ago, Umar Sadiq looked like another genius talent who had struggled to live up to his potential after an underwhelming stint at Rangers. But after an outstanding 2019/2020 season with the Serbian club FK Partizan, the story has changed.
In the 2019/2020 season in Serbia, Sadiq was a problem for opposition defense. Sadiq, a tall and powerful striker, also has the capacity to be sublime with the ball on his foot. He’s an interesting player because of this mix.
Sadiq is Nigeria’s top goal contributor in Europe for the 2019/2020 season, with a hand in 33 goals-17 goals and 16 assists in all competitions from 38 appearances.
4. ALEX IWOBI (Everton/England):
One of Nigeria’s top football players in 2021, Alexander Chuka Iwobi, known as Alex Iwobi, was born in Lagos, Nigeria, in May 1996 who plays for Everton, the Premier League club. He’s spent much of his football career at Arsenal, 15 years in particular (from 2004 to 2019).
Iwobi has become a very important key man in Ancelotti’s Everton, usually brought in when going gets tough. He has improved tremendously in 2019/2020 season and is looking to impress even further in 2020/2021 season.
5. SIMEON NWANKWO (Crotone/Italy):
Simy Nwankwo scored goals for fun in Serie B, the second-tier of football in Italy. Nwankwo finished as the top scorer in the division with 20 league goals as Crotone won promotion to Serie A.
For Crotone, the 28-year-old led the line well and gave them so much up front. The numerous styles of goals he scored were also impressive; the Nigerian striker displayed his distinct abilities up front from headers to strikes.
6. MOSES SIMON (Nantes/France):
Moses Simon moved to France for a new opportunity with a loan stint at Nantes after having seen his career stall for a few years.
During the 2019/2020 season, he flourished there to become the club’s most valuable player. The liberty he got in attack was a major part of what made Simon succeed at Nantes.
He finished as one of the top chance creators and the club’s top goalscorer and was duly named Nantes Player of the Season. He has signed deal to stay at the club ever since.
7. ANTHONY NWAKAEME (Trabzonspor/Turkey):
In the 2019/2020 season, Nwakaeme was in brilliant shape for Trabzonspor and enjoyed his best season in Turkey with 11 league goals and 14 in all competitions.
For Trabzonspor, Nwakaeme became a significant player who mostly played from the left side of the attack. Aside from his goals, with his ability to drive past opponents, the Nigerian was a great creator for his team. As the best dribbler for the team, he led the way and came second in creating chances for his side.