Top 5 Highest Scoring Nigerians in the EPL
‘Feed the Yak,’ and he scores King Kanu, or who? Top 5 highest scoring Nigerians in the EPL
The much-awaited return of a new football season kick-starts this week in the English Premier League, with the first game billed for Anfield this evening between Liverpool and newly promoted Norwich.
Just like you’ll see Nigerians plying their football trade anywhere in the world, the EPL wouldn’t be an exception of the few you wouldn’t see them – and as it stands, Alex Iwobi for Everton, Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi for Leicester, and Leon Balogun will be Nigeria’s four contingents in the 2019/2020 EPL season.
So, from an unending list of Nigerians that had graced the most-watched football league in the world and those, who are presently representing the country there, spotkick.com.ng brings to you the highest scoring Nigeria in the English league
5. Osaze Odemwingie (West Bromich Albion, Cardiff City, Stoke City) 36goals
The footballer, who announced his retirement from football in the April of this year moved to EPL in 2010 – joining West Brom from Lokomotiv Moscow for an undisclosed fee. With an 81st minute winning goal against Sunderland, Osaze immediately became a fan favorite. In his debut season in the 2010-2011 season, Osaze finished as West Brom’s highest goal scorer with 15 league goals, a season he also claimed two Premier League Player of the Month.
With 30 goals in 87 appearances for West Brom, Albion, Osaze left the club ignominiously in July 2013 for Cardiff City after he had failed to force a move away from the club to QPR in the January of 2013.
4. Oluwasola Ameobi (Newcastle United) 43goals
The 10-capped Nigerian international spent 14 years at Newcastle United making 294 English top-flight appearances with 43 goals to his name. Ameobi holds the record for the most substitute appearances in the EPL.
3. Efan Ekoku (Norwich City, Wimbledon) 53goals
Having joined Norwich City from Bournemouth for £500,000 in 1993, Efan Ekoku went on to become one of Norwich’s greatest players. Efan, a member of the Norwich City’s Hall of Fame is most remembered for his four goals against Everton on September 25, 1993. Efan who later joined Wimbledon was part of the Super Eagles’ squad that won the Tunisia 1994 and was also part of Nigeria’s squad to USA 1994.
2. Kanu Nwankwo (Arsenal, West Brom, Portsmouth) 54
The two-time African footballer of the year is unarguably the best Nigerian player to grace the EPL. Kanu, who helped Arsenal to win the EPL title in 2001 is also part of the invicible squad that went a whole season without losing a game in the 2003-2004 EPL season. The fondest of the memories that EPL fans do remember Kanu was the 15 minutes hat-trick for Arsenal against Chelsea in 1999 – helping Arsenal come from a 2goals down to secure a 3-2 victory. The former Super Eagles’ captain is ranked Arsenal’s 13th greatest all-time player by the club fans.
1 Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Portsmouth, Midsdlesbrough, Everton) 95 goals
Irrespective of the level of aspersion aftermath the close range miss against South Korea in 2010, Yakubu’s records speak for him. Apart from being the highest-scoring Nigerian in the EPL, ‘The Yak’ is just a goal and 8 goals behind Emmanuel Seyi Adebayor and Didier Drogba as the highest-scoring African player in the EPL.
When you feed the yak he scores and that is why his 28 league goals for Portsmouth in the EPL makes him the highest goal scorer for Portsmouth in the English top-flight – Nine ahead of Zimbabwe’s Benjani Mwaruwari.
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