Who is hot; who is not? Super Eagles temperature gauge in English leagues


The season in England is well underway across leagues and already, several Super Eagles eligible players have started showing the stuff they are made of with fantastic performances for their clubs.

Others have not been so impressive and would have to turn a corner (and do so quick) if they are to ensure that this will not be a season to forget for them and their fans.

Afrofooty looks at some of the players that have taken the season by storm and others who are mere casual by-standers thus far:

Hot Commodities:

Wilfred Ndidi (Highest rating: 7.58/10): this no-nonsense defensive midfield has continued from where he left off last season with stellar, sturdy and strong performances just in front of the defenders for Leicester.

Already 1 goal to his name in 3 games (90 minutes each), Ndidi shows no sign of slowing down as he remains integral to coach Brendan Rodgers ambition of top 5 Premier League finish.

Alex Iwobi (Highest rating 7.46/10): those who thought his emphatic headed goal against Lincoln City in the EFL Cup on 28 August was a fluke had second thoughts when Iwobi repeated the same trick to devastating effect against Wolverhampton in the league on 1st September.

With 2 goals in 2 league games already this season for Everton, Arsenal fans might come to regret letting this budding superstar go at the time they did.

Peter Etebo (highest rating 6.76/10): the combustible centre midfielder continues to be ever present for Stoke City who are unfortunately not showing any signs of returning to the English Premier League anytime soon as they languish towards the bottom of the English Championship League.

Etebo, whose first team position for the Super Eagles is now in serious jeopardy following the discovery of Joe Aribo, still needs to polish aspects of his overall play and perhaps look for another club if, as predicted, Stoke City fail to clinch promotion to the English Premier League.

Semi Ajayi (highest ratings: 7.24): six games, 90 minutes in each game, 0 loss; all these point to a

strong West Bromwich Albion squad which Semi Ajayi is at the heart of its defence.

Should they continue this way, Semi Ajayi might well find himself playing in the Premier League next season while at the same time brushing bench-warmer Balogun aside in the national team

Not So Hot:

Isaac Success (highest ratings 6.19/10): the former youth International is yet to hit the ground running despite 2 appearances at the English Premier league with a combined total of 34 minutes which were largely forgettable.

It remains to be seen whether a change in management in Watford will mean a change in fortune or a change in clubs for the one-time promising talent of Nigerian football.

Not Hot At All:

Kelechi Iheanacho: no league appearance this season for Leicester although coach Rodgers reiterates that the fading star has a place in his plans.

Tom Dele Bashiru: he is one for the future. The 19 year old attacking midfielder is expected to be eased into Watford’s main squad very slowly and his short appearance at the EFL Cup against

Coventry on 27 August for 18 minutes was a good start.

Leon Balogun: the less said about Balogun's Brighton career to date, the better. The clumsy defender was a perpetual benchwarmer last season and that was even a blessing as he has failed in the ambition to even make the bench thus far this season!

The season is young; from what we have seen so far, it promises to be fascinating for many Super Eagles players and perhaps less so for other.


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