Nigeria players in the 2019/2020 Premier League season
The new Premier League season is just around the corner. Football fans from Nigeria will once again follow the Super Eagles closely in the most popular league in the world, where Manchester City and Liverpool are seen as the main favourites to win the trophy. Seven Nigerian footballers will participate in the 2019/2020 Premier League season, but not everyone will have a chance to enjoy first-team football. Read the text below to find out which players will represent Nigeria in the English top flight in the upcoming season.
Leicester City duo
Against all odds, Keleschi Iheanacho failed to make the Nigeria 2019 AFCON squad, but, unlike Gernot Rohr, Leicester City coach Brendan Rodgers obviously has faith in the 22-year-old attacker despite the fact that he scored only one goal in 30 appearances for the Foxes in the 2018/2019 season. The former Liverpool boss insists that Iheanacho has a future at King Power Stadium, but seeing that the club chiefs signed prolific Spanish striker Ayoze Perez earlier this summer, the Nigeria international will have to be at his sharpest in every single training if he is to earn a place in the starting XI.
Unlike Keleschi Iheanacho, Onyinye Wilfred Ndidi represented Nigeria at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations where the Super Eagles face Tunisia in the third place play-off. Brought to Leicester to replace N’Golo Kante, the powerful midfielder has a contract with the Foxes until June 30, 2024 and he is widely expected to play an important role in Brendan Rodgers’ team in the forthcoming season. Ndidi scored two goals in 38 appearances for Leicester City in the 2018/2019 Premier League campaign.
Goodison Park awaits Onyekuru, but…
Despite signing a deal with Everton for a fee of £7 million back in 2017, Henry Onyekuru has yet to make his Premier League debut with the Toffees. After spending the 2017/2018 season on loan at Anderlecht, Onyekuru did remarkably well to win the Turkish Super Lig trophy with Galatasaray last term, scoring 14 goals in 31 appearances for the capital club in the process, but the 22-year-old now wants to take a step forward in his career.
Everton fans believe that the Super Eagles rising star could help the Toffees improve offensively, but due to the lack of international football in the past two years, he may fail to qualify for a work permit under the new regulations, which were introduced in 2015. A number of European clubs are interested in signing Onyekuru and, as things stand now, he could move away from the club in the coming days. You should bear in mind that Everton are 9/2 at William Hill to book their place in European competitions.
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Success eager to make amends for the unsuccessful campaign
Despite making no less than 30 appearances for Watford in the 2018/2019 Premier League season, Nigeria attacker Isaac Success found the back of the net only once, in a 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town. It has to be noted, though, that the Hornets coach Javi Gracia praised Success’ performances on several occasions last term and, no doubt, the Spanish tactician is going to count on the 23-year-old in the upcoming season.
The pacey winger is eyeing a Watford starting berth as he came from the bench in 21 of 30 appearances for the Hornets in the English top flight last season. Success’ deal with the Vicarage Road outfit should expire on June 30, 2023, meaning that there is a bright Premier League future ahead of him. Anyhow, the Super Eagle will surely give 100% to improve his goal-scoring record in the forthcoming season.
Super Eagles hungry for first-team football
After representing Nigeria at the U20 World Cup, Nnamdi Ofoborh is ready to prove his worth in the Premier League with the Cherries. The teenager (19) played three games for the Super Eagles at the showpiece tournament in Poland, helping the national team book their place in the last 16. Ofoborh is determined to build on his newfound confidence and he is widely expected to make his Bournemouth debut in the 2019/2020 season.
Leon-Aderemi Balogun, on the other hand, who has established himself as a first-team regular at the Nigeria national team, is hungry for a first-team action at Brighton. The experienced defender (31) started only give games for the Seagulls in the 2018/2019 season, but given his fine performances at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with Our Boys, Balogun is likely to be named in the starting line-up more often in the upcoming Premier League campaign.
Alex ready to shine
Despite being linked with a move to Barcelona, Alex Iwobi is unlikely to leave Arsenal in the summer transfer window. The Nigeria international, who was producing fine showings at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, is likely to play an important role in Unai Emery’s team in the 2019/2020 Premier League season as fellow midfielder Aaron Ramsey joined Juventus.
Iwobi, who made 35 appearances for the Gunners last term, is expected to shine in the forthcoming season and many football experts believe that the time has come for the 23-year-old to reach his full potential. Arsenal chiefs are reportedly interested in signing Crystal Palace ace Wilfried Zaha, but Alex Iwobi is not threatened by the transfer pursuit.
Back Iwobi’s Arsenal to win the Europa League
Seeing that Arsenal owners did well to keep hold of key players in the summer transfer window, it is no wonder the Gunners are seen as No. 2 favourites to win the Europa League. Unai Emery’s troops did well to make it to the final of the competition last term, but Chelsea eventually proved to be a big catch for the Emirates Stadium outfit in the all-England clash in Baku.
Arsenal have slim chances of securing a top-four finish in the 2019/2020 Premier League season, meaning that they will try and book their place in the elite competition through the Europa League. You should know that the Gunners are 7/1 at Betway to win the trophy.
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